NEWS that the HS2 line would have a station at Meadowhall has been welcomed by business leaders.
Rotherham councillor Dominic Beck, Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce’s policy and representation adviser, said: “The Chamber is delighted.
Chancellor George Osborne revealed this morning that the preferred route taken by the £32 billion HS2 scheme would include a station in Tinsley.
Cllr Dominic Beck, Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce’s policy and representation adviser, said: “The Chamber is delighted.
“Infrastructure projects like HS2 create confidence, jobs and competitiveness, as long as commitments and announcements lead swiftly to action on the ground.
“This has been long awaited and we now have seen a real commitment from Government to improve connectivity through major infrastructure projects like this.”
Wentworth MP John Healey said: “I welcome the Government’s confirmation that they are committed to High Speed Rail beyond Birmingham, including a South Yorkshire stop at Meadowhall.
“It must be a big opportunity for Rotherham and Barnsley as well as Sheffield.
“But this is a long-term project and the Government have to get this going.
“In nearly three years, for all their talk so far, they’ve failed to keep the economy moving out of recession and failed to get big infrastructure investments off the ground.”
Trains on the HS2 line should travel at speeds of up to 250mph, reducing journey times between Birmingham and Leeds from two hours to 57 minutes.
Construction of the HS2 link could start in the middle of the next decade, with the line open by 2032-33.
New line could bring 5,000 jobs to South Yorkshire.
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HS2: the route through South Yorkshire.
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