Phase two of HS2 will provide a modern high speed rail link between the Sheffield City Region and London.
Connecting the Sheffield City Region to the key cities of London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds via high speed rail is crucial to the economic success of the region. The confirmation of a spur to Sheffield Midland Station and a junction to allow the northern loop on to Leeds secures these potential benefits for the region – the key will be to realise them. We aim to do this via our HS2 Growth Strategy which sets out the economic, social and connectivity benefits to the region and builds on our existing strong business culture, enterprising spirit and track record of reliable delivery.
HS2 will mean faster journeys between Sheffield and London, and other major cities. Compared to the fastest existing service of 120 minutes, services from London to Sheffield will be reduced to 79 minutes. Journeys from Barnsley to London will be reduced by 45 minutes. The Northern Loop will enable high speed trains to run from Sheffield to Leeds (up to 6 trains per hour, 30 minute journeys) via a dedicated link to the main HS2 line.
Providing 21st century transport links are essential to securing jobs, growth and investment for the region. We want to make sure that the region maximises the benefits that HS2 can bring to the regional economy. A station will be located in Sheffield, a high speed rail college in Doncaster and a maintenance depot at Staveley in Chesterfield so we are at the heart of HS2. We will also make sure that we are part of the wider Northern Powerhouse Rail which will bring fast, frequent connections from Sheffield to Leeds, Manchester and the North.
We also want to make sure the business community is aware of the range of business, skills and supply chain opportunities available from such a major infrastructure project.
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