Divisions over high speed line in Sheffield

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PLANS to build the £32 billion high speed rail network which will a station at Meadowhall have faced criticism from UKIP.

Godfrey Bloom, the party’s Yorkshire and The Humber MEP, believes the scheme will lead to ‘more people migrating to London to work’ and will cost £1,000 per household to build.

He said: “Many people will never even benefit from High Speed railway and there are lots of people whose lives will actually be blighted by it.”

But Sheffield Council’s Liberal Democrat group is enthusiastic.

Coun Shaffaq Mohammed, the group’s leader, who had campaigned for a city centre high speed station, said: “Being on the High Speed line is vital to securing jobs and investment for Sheffield in the long term future. I’m particularly pleased the line will be linked to improvements to Supertram to ensure the whole city benefits.”