3 June 2015
Statement by Cllr Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council
“Today I am throwing the full weight of Sheffield City Council behind the campaign to bring the HS2 route into the centre of Sheffield.
“Lord Kerslake used his first speech to the House of Lords to stress the importance of a city centre location for HS2, which highlights what an important decision this is in allowing cities like Sheffield to develop their economies and create the jobs we need.
“Now this is the time for us to stand together – across the Pennines, across the political divide and across traditional city boundaries.
“Locating the HS2 station in Sheffield city centre is absolutely crucial in helping the North to reach its full economic potential. We need a fast, connected transport network, where HS2 and HS3 are seamlessly linked, to enable people to move between Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester and London quickly and easily.
“A HS2 station in Sheffield city centre is the only way that this can happen. A HS2 station out of town, in a distant Parkway location some six miles from a HS3 station in Sheffield city centre, simply doesn’t make sense – geographically or economically.
“It is now clearer than ever that the UK needs our great Northern cities like Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield far better connected so that we can really punch our weight globally.
“Transport investment – between cities and to London, is a critical ingredient of that vision. HS2 must now be delivered in a way that helps to best realise the vision of a connected, northern economy, not as a standalone transport project.
“The evidence for a HS2 station in Sheffield city centre is overwhelming. It cannot be ignored.”