30 November 2015
On Leeds station
Julie Dore, leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “We absolutely welcome the news that a solution has been reached for Leeds that listens to what the Leeds business community has been saying and that links Transport for the North – or ‘HS3’ – with HS2 in a single integrated location.
“This is what makes sense for transport, regeneration and economic growth, and is exactly what we are working so hard to achieve in Sheffield.
Transport for the North or ‘HS3’, is all about connecting city centres. For us, this means that, if HS2 is at Meadowhall, Sheffield faces the absurdity of a four-mile gap between its HS2 and HS3 stations.
“HS2 Ltd have seen sense and moved the proposed Leeds station for this very reason. We are optimistic the same logic and overwhelming economic case will prevail in Sheffield City Region.
“The Leeds decision confirms that city centre stations makes the most economic sense, and we will continue to work with HS2 to find a solution that delivers the most jobs and growth for Sheffield City Region.”
On Meadowhall vs Sheffield city centre station at Victoria
John Mothersole, chief executive of Sheffield City Council, said: “We are disappointed that HS2 Ltd continues to proceed in isolation from Transport for the North objectives and progress plans that undermine the vision of a Northern Powerhouse.
“Connecting city centres to create a larger labour market across the North is a clear priority of Government, but HS2 continues to be allowed to progress in a way that directly undermines that vision.
“We will continue to work with HS2 and Department for Transport to see if a solution can be found that maximises jobs and growth for Sheffield City Region and by working together, we are optimistic that the voice of business will be heard.
“Research shows that a HS2 station in the city centre will create 6,500 more jobs than at Meadowhall, 1,000+ more homes and more than £2bn more GVA to the economy. By contrast, the route for a station at Meadowhall would damage prime manufacturing sites and key businesses as well as delivering far fewer regeneration opportunities.”