Sheffield leaders welcome HS2 growth bid

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Sheffield Council’s leader has welcomed funds for a ‘growth strategy’ in cities which will be on the HS2 high-speed rail line.

The Government has announced it will help cities to ‘transform cities, towns and regions’ to attract investment as part of an independent taskforce report.

Coun Julie Dore, city council leader. said: “As well as recognising the unique opportunity that HS2 presents, this reflects a commitment to each city to support them to make the most of the benefits of HS2.

“ I also welcome the Government’s response to the skills element of the Growth Task Force report, which I was especially involved in.

“I look forward to hearing the announcement on the location of the HS2 College, which of course we hope will be in Sheffield City Region.”

A full business case for a regeneration company to carry out the work will be sent to the Government in the autumn.

The news was also welcomed by Sheffield Hallam MP and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg who said it would help the north ‘compete on a global scale’ and create a ‘vibrant northern hub’.

The Government’s preferred location for a HS2 station in Sheffield is at Meadowhall, but there is a campaign to see it in the city centre.

Coun Dore added: “If Government is truly committed to getting the best out of HS2 then it is clear that it needs to review its preferred location for a Sheffield station.

“City centres drive growth and we have long argued that the current HS2 proposals for Sheffield City Region do not match our ambitions for the future of our economy.”

Building the new line will begin in 2017 although construction in Sheffield will not begin until the mid 2020s.