Published: Thursday, 14th July 2016
New options in latest report may be cheaper, cut journey times, and avoid the complexities of the previous route…
Alternative recommendations for HS2’s route and station proposals in South Yorkshire have been revealed following publication of a report by David Higgins, chairman of the state-owned company behind the project.
The new option proposes that HS2 services between London and Sheffield would take a spur off the new north-south high speed line and travel directly to the existing Sheffield Midland station using the existing railway line. These trains could potentially also call at Chesterfield.
There is also the prospect of a future option of HS2 services extending onwards to the existing Meadowhall station, Rotherham or Barnsley.
The report argued that a city centre station option for Sheffield high speed services would allow the main HS2 line to be built east of the previously proposed route, through less densely populated areas. This would avoid the complexities of building a line via Meadowhall, which was the original proposal.
The newly proposed route would cut journey times on services heading to Leeds, York and Newcastle, and would also reduce the cost of the project by around £1billion, the report claimed.
HS2 Ltd will also investigate the possibility of a parkway station on this newly proposed route, which in part follows the M18 motorway.
HS2 Ltd Chairman, David Higgins said: “I have listened to the very constructive comments and discussions that have taken place on how HS2 should best serve South Yorkshire and recommend the option of HS2 services using the existing city centre station.
Decisions of this scale sometimes involve compromise, and through dialogue I believe we have reached the best solution for South Yorkshire.”
The Transport Secretary will now consider David Higgins’ report in detail and make an announcement on the full HS2 Phase 2 route later this year.