HS2 Sheffield: updates as eastern leg of high-speed rail route scrapped

The Star team brings you updates and reaction following the news that the East Midlands-Leeds HS2 high-speed line would not be built.

Thursday, 18th November 2021, 11:32 am

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The Yorkshire region has had a mixed reaction to news that the Eastern leg of the HS2 high-speed rail network has been scrapped - The Star team will be bringing you local Sheffield reaction throughout the day. Picture: Chris Etchells

HS2 scrapped: Sheffield and Yorkshire stakeholders react

Last updated: Thursday, 18 November, 2021, 17:28

  • MP Paul Blomfield condemns ‘Broken promises and empty words on transport'
  • Rother Valley MP Alexander Stafford praises the plans to scrap HS2 Eastern leg
  • Aston residents express relief after construction plans halted

HS2 Sheffield: U-turn a “victory for common sense” says council leader

Rotherham Council’s leader says the government’s U-turn on the Eastern leg of HS2 is a “victory for common sense”.

HS2 Sheffield: Crumbs for city from government’s flagship £96bn rail plan revealed

The government announced its £96bn Integrated Rail Plan that promises to upgrade services in the Midlands and northern England, while scrapping part of the HS2 proposal to build a high-speed rail line from Birmingham to Leeds. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Sheffield’s crumbs from the Government’s £96bn rail plan include electrification of a mainline ‘by around 2030’ and 30 minutes off journeys to London by the ‘early-mid 2040s’.

HS2 Sheffield: Northern leaders united at 'betrayal' over high speed rail

Metro Mayors (left to right) Andy Burnham, Mayor, Greater Manchester, Jamie Driscoll, Mayor, North of Tyne, Tracy Brabin, Mayor, West Yorkshire, Steve Rotherham, Mayor, Liverpool City Region, and Dan Jarvis, MP, Barnsley Central & Mayor, South Yorkshire.

Northern leaders were united in criticism, disappointment and anger at the government’s flagship rail plan which cancelled HS2 through Yorkshire and left Sheffield with ‘crumbs’.

Sheffield and the North have been 'betrayed' by rail downgrades says Sheffield MP Louise Haigh

A Sheffield MP has described the sense of ‘betrayal’ in the North at plans to downgrade rail links.

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