LEP welcomes Government high speed rail announcement

Published 28th January 2013 at 9:30am

Today, Monday 28th January, the Government announced the proposed route for High Speed 2 rail services north of Birmingham.

James Newman, Chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, said:

“The LEP welcomes the Government announcement to locate a High Speed rail station in the Sheffield City Region.

“This decision recognises the strategic economic importance of the Sheffield City Region to future UK growth plans

“The LEP looks forward to working with Government to ensure that the final station location decision will maximise economic benefits to the Sheffield City Region.”

Construction is projected to start in the second half of this decade with opening of the route between London and the West Midlands in mid 2020s. The onward routes to Manchester and to Leeds, through South Yorkshire would begin services in 2032/33.

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

“Linking communities and businesses across the country and shrinking the distances between our greatest cities, high speed rail is an engine for growth that will help to drive regional regeneration and invigorate our regional economies. It is vital that we get on board the high-speed revolution.

“We are in a global race and this government’s decision to make high speed rail a reality is another example of the action we taking to equip Britain to compete and thrive in that race. High speed rail is a catalyst that will help to secure economic prosperity across Britain, rebalance our economy and support tens of thousands of jobs.”

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:

“The Olympics showed us that Britain has the confidence to seize opportunities today in order to secure our success tomorrow and HS2 is no different. It is about an investment in infrastructure that will deliver a priceless dividend: 351 miles of new railways helping people to jobs and goods to market.

“While doing nothing would be the easy choice it would also be the irresponsible choice. This is an unparalleled opportunity to secure a step-change in Britain’s competitiveness and this government will do everything possible to ensure that the towns and cities in the Midlands and the north get the connections they need and deserve to thrive

HS2 will be woven into the transport fabric of the nation, accessible to all, and I believe these proposed routes offer a great starting point for the process of engagement to follow. As with previous consultations, we will work closely with communities and interested parties to find the right balance between delivering the essential infrastructure that we need and respecting the rights and justifiable concerns of those who will be most affected by HS2’s construction.”

For more information please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport.