Government opens consultation on new HS2 route
Today central government set out its preferred route for Phase 2 of HS2 and, in line with Sir David Higgins’ recommendation, it is proposing that HS2 should serve Sheffield with a connection to the existing station with the main route be moved further east.
The Government will be consulting with residents, businesses and organisations before a final decision is made next year.
Sir Steve Houghton, Chair of Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, said:
“Sheffield City Region local leaders support HS2 and recognise its importance to strong, sustained growth in our area and across the North. We will certainly be taking part in this Government consultation on the new route and we welcome this opportunity. We will also be encouraging local organisations and individuals to take this chance to have their say.
“Local leaders share concerns over the impact that the new route will have on local residents and we are currently working together on a study to examine options for a realigned route which is less disruptive to our local communities.
“We will also be asking Government to give greater certainty that both the inclusion of parkway station and the building of the northern connection to Leeds will be included as part of their plans.”
Chris Grayling, Transport Secretary said:
“In line with Sir David Higgins’ recommendation, we propose HS2 should serve Sheffield with a connection to the existing station with the main route be moved further east and we will be consulting before a final decision is made next year.”
Further details on the consultation and how to take part can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/hs2-crewe-to-manchester-west-midlands-to-leeds-route-refinement-consultation-2016