Council leaders reiterate support for high speed station in Sheffield City Region
At a meeting yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 8 October), the nine local authority leaders from the Sheffield City Region reiterated their collective support for the Government’s plans for High Speed 2 rail services north of Birmingham.
Leaders believe that Government plans to include a rail station in the Sheffield City Region underline its place at the heart of longer term UK economic growth plans.
Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton CBE, Chairman of the Shadow Combined Authority, said,
“The SCR Authority’s nine leaders all fully back Government plans for a new high speed rail network. The Government’s decision to locate a station in the Sheffield City Region recognises its strategic economic importance to future UK growth plans.
“Local leaders have asked for experts to provide further detailed information on the station location options in the Sheffield City Region before reaching a final decision on which station to support.
“The leaders’ final decision will be to back the station which offers the maximum economic benefit for the Sheffield City Region, subject to affordability.”
The leaders of the 9 councils of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales and North East Derbyshire meet regularly to make decisions that will boost growth in the Sheffield City Region.
The group is called the Sheffield City Region ‘shadow’ Authority, and is expected to be legally recognised as a combined authority following a period of Government consultation which ended this month.