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Bringing High Speed Rail to Sheffield

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Meg recently met Ben Still, Director of Strategy at South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) to discuss the government’s proposals to bring high speed rail to the region. The SYPTE will be involved in the detailed planning for this new rail network with the aim of ensuring it brings benefits to the local economy and more jobs.


The new High Speed Rail network will be built in two phases.

         Phase 1 will be a new high speed rail line between London and Birmingham by 2026.

         Phase 2 will be new lines built from Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester by 2033, including a station in Sheffield. A formal consultation will take place on these routes in early 2014 with the final route chosen by the end of 2014.


Meg said:


“I fully support the high speed rail link coming to the North which will reduce train journey times between Sheffield and London to just 70 minutes. It would also provide real alternatives to both road and air travel and make an important contribution to reducing carbon emissions.


This investment will cost a lot of money, however it will be spent over more than 20 years and have benefits for more than 100 years.


One of the reasons that the economy in the South is doing much better than the North is the fact that transport spending planned for Yorkshire was only 201 per head compared to 2700 per head in London.”


For more information visit: http://www.dft.gov.uk/topics/high-speed-rail/


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Meg with Ben Still

Meg with Ben Still

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