Baroness on HS2 visit to City Region

Published 29th March 2014 at 7:59am

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer was in Sheffield City Region on Friday 28 March to find out more about how HS2 will benefit the area.

Baroness Kramer met with local businesses set to benefit from the new north-south railway at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham. The minister met with small technology company Xeros, an example of a business set to benefit from HS2.

Baroness Kramer with Xeros Chief Scientist Steve Jenkins

Baroness Kramer with Xeros Chief Scientist Steve Jenkins

Baroness Kramer said:

HS2 is a vital part of our long-term economic plan. Not only will it link our northern cities and provide the extra space we need on our rail network, it will also provide and safeguard tens of thousands of jobs, giving people economic security for the future.

I was pleased to visit Yorkshire to hear more about the benefits for the region and to see how we could best mitigate the impact of the route on local communities and the environment.

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

The LEP was pleased to welcome Transport Minister Baroness Kramer to the Sheffield City Region today to discuss the benefits of HS2 for businesses in the City Region, and to talk about how the LEP aims to maximise its potential.

HS2 is a central part of our Growth Plan, and integrating it with existing and future transport services will be a critical part of ensuring we maximise economic benefits and jobs.

It is estimated that HS2 could boost South Yorkshire’s economy by up to £0.9 billion every year.

The proposed stations in Leeds, Sheffield, East Midlands and Birmingham will each be separated by a journey of less than 20 minutes, making daily commuting easy. There is massive potential for regeneration around the proposed station sites and last week’s HS2 Growth Taskforce report called for planning to begin now. Combined with the current programme of electrification across the north, this improved connectivity will unlock the enormous potential and opportunities that cities like Sheffield and Leeds have to offer – making them more attractive places to locate and do business.

The consultation on the Phase Two route, stations and depots closed on 31 January and the government will announce a decision on the final route by the end of this year.

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