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New Plans for HS2 Route through South Yorkshire Sees New Stop in Sheffield

The chiefs of the HS2 railway project to connect London with the North of England have revealed new changes to its route through South Yorkshire, with the inclusion of a stop at Sheffield city centre instead of Meadowhall.

The chiefs of the HS2 railway project to connect London with the North of England have revealed new changes to its route through South Yorkshire, with the inclusion of a stop at Sheffield city centre instead of Meadowhall.

A report written by David Higgins of HS2 Ltd. describes newly proposed alterations to the original HS2 route through South Yorkshire, which are said to reduce the project cost by £1 billion.


The new route will see services between London and Sheffield take a ‘spur off’ the new north-south high speed line and use an existing railway line to travel to Sheffield’s Midland Station.


The report also mentions potential future stops at Meadowhall station, Rotherham or Barnsley as a further extension of the HS2 services.


By stopping in Sheffield’s city centre, the HS2 line, now shifting east of the previously proposed route, will pass through less densely populated areas and avoid the geographical complications of building a line via Meadowhall.


Aside from reducing the cost of the project by £1 billion and cutting the existing Sheffield-London journey time of 120 minutes to just 79, the new route will also cut journey times to Leeds, York and Newcastle.


Welcoming Higgins’ report, Sir Nigel Knowles, Chair of the Sheffield City Region LEP said: “[…] Connectivity with the rest of the UK is a major factor in achieving our growth plans. Of equal importance is the inter-connectivity within the North, via HS3, and we look forward to working with the government and other partners to bring that into fruition as quickly as possible. […]”


In fact, incorporating the Sheffield Midland station in the HS2 project opens new possibilities to improve connectivity between Sheffield and other northern cities, like Leeds.


The link could help Transport for the North’s (TfN) ambition to increase the frequency of trains running from Sheffield to Leeds and reduce the journey time from over a 1-hour to just 30 minutes.


Aligning also with the Northern Powerhouse rail plans, by routing through Sheffield, the link could also be used by Birmingham-Leeds HS2 services with the full route to be announced later this year once the Secretary of State for Transport has considered Higgins' proposed alterations.


The news follows a call from Transport for the North for Northern cities to work more closely with each other to drive growth in the wake of the UK's decision to exit the European Union. Many property investors are now expected to follow the progress of the Northern Powerhouse keenly, as they seek high yielding assets to drive their portfolio following the Brexit vote.