Sheffield hopes for high-speed link

04/06/2009

Yorkshire transport leaders are meeting to discuss investing in a new high-speed rail link between Sheffield and London.
The creation of a station to the east of the city centre will also be on the table in the hope that a new stop would avoid disrupting the existing network and help towards reducing journey times to and from London to 80 minutes.
Potential locations for the site include Attercliffe, Tinsley and Meadowhall.
The Government is already planning to create a high-speed corridor between London and Birmingham, with plans to extend the line either to the North East or the North West.
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) is part of a consortium pressing for the high-speed line between Heathrow, St Pancras and a site near Birmingham Airport.
The Government is expected to unveil a formal proposal next year, although construction is unlikely to start before 2015.
David Young, SYPTE's director of customer experience, told the Sheffield Telegraph: "Quite simply, Yorkshire has been the poor cousin when it comes to rail investment.
"A high-speed line serving both South and ideally West Yorkshire would be an iconic piece of infrastructure that, at a stroke, would plug us into the economy of the capital and the European markets beyond.
"It would benefit not just the county but the whole country. We cannot afford to be left behind."
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