Welcome for new plans to speed up HS2 north phase

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A council chief has welcomed plans to speed up the northern phase of the high-speed HS2 rail link, which will connect Sheffield to London.

The proposal to build phase two by 2030, not 2033, was announced by HS2 boss Sir David Higgins.

Simon Green, executive director of place at Sheffield Council, said: “We welcome the announcement as we believe it could accelerate the delivery, and therefore the benefits of HS2.

“We agree with Sir David’s vision for how HS2 could transform the north and welcome his approach that views HS2 as one part of wider connectivity plans for Sheffield, Manchester and Leeds.”

The ‘priority’ now was getting Sheffield’s proposed station built at the Victoria site, he added.