Building HS2 station at Meadowhall ‘would put Sheffield at competitive disadvantage’

Julie Dore
Julie Dore

Building Sheffield’s proposed HS2 station at Meadowhall would put the city at a ‘competitive disadvantage’ to its northern neighbours, council leader Julie Dore has said.

Speaking ahead of the publication of Sir David Higgins’ next HS2 report on Monday, Coun Dore said the Government should reconsider its current plans to put Sheffield’s HS2 station at Meadowhall instead of the city centre.

She said: “Under current plans Sheffield’s HS2 station is estimated to create only 3,500 jobs compared to 29,700 in Manchester and 13,200 in Leeds. The key difference is that Sheffield will have a Parkway station four miles outside the city centre in contrast to the other cities that have a station in the heart of their economic centres.

“This will put Sheffield City Region at a permanent competitive disadvantage compared to the neighbouring city regions and undermine Sheffield’s role in a new northern powerhouse economy.

“A city centre station would give extra jobs to all of the Sheffield City Region at a time when it is aiming to create 70,000 jobs.”

Campaigners for the city centre site hope the new HS2 link could be built at the former Victoria Station. Its supporters include Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and the city’s two universities. The Meadowhall option is favoured by Rotherham and Barnsley councils.