Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, said: “Improving journey times, capacity and quality of rail services is crucial to realising the ambitions of Sheffield City Region and the wider North. That’s why I met with the Rail Minister today to press the importance of upgrading the Hope Valley Line on schedule, and also to underline the importance of delivering both the western and eastern legs of HS2.
“Making our rail network fit for the 21st century does not rely on one single infrastructure project. But HS2 is an absolutely fundamental part of achieving the rail connectivity we need – which is why I’m concerned at recent rumours that the eastern leg of the project may be scrapped.
“If we are to realise our enormous potential, what we need is truly transformative investment that delivers east-west and north-south connectivity. This includes projects such as HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, as well as extensions to the Tram-Train and Supertram networks, an East Coast Main Line station at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, the Masterplan for Sheffield Midland railway station and the new proposed Dearne Valley Parkway station.
“I also made clear to the Minister today my frustration with delays to the upgrade of the Hope Valley line. The works are essential to improving capacity on this key route between Sheffield and Manchester, and are also a pre-requisite for Northern Powerhouse Rail improvements which will accelerate journey times.
“Any decision from this Government that compromises investment levels, capacity and frequency on our rail network is unacceptable. That’s why I’ll be fighting to secure the best possible rail services for the people of Sheffield City Region.”