Top 10 reasons we’re on track for HS2
HS2 is critical to future business growth in the north and to the economic success of the Sheffield City Region in particular. It will encourage investment and make doing business easier.
In the Sheffield City Region HS2 is forecast to create more than 5,000 jobs.
Supply chain opportunities
Building HS2 is a multi-billion pound project, involving the laying of hundreds of miles of track, the construction of new stations and the redevelopment of existing stations.
Opportunities are being created down the supply chain. Help and advice on supply chain can be found at Supply Chain
Skills and training for the next generation
The National High Speed Rail College in Doncaster will open in September 2017. It will sit alongside our existing world-class further and higher education providers in the region and help to deliver one of the great legacies of HS2 – the next generation of engineers. These are the young people that business needs to deliver HS2 and other rail projects and drive growth in the region. Advice and support on skills can be accessed via the Skills Bank at the SCR Growth Hub.
HS2 will reduce passenger journey times between Sheffield and London and will also vastly improve connectivity between the Sheffield City Region and other key cities in the UK including Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham and Derby. Ensuring we are part of the Northern Powerhouse Rail will also bring fast, frequent connections from Sheffield to Leeds, Manchester and the North.
Connectivity will also be improved to the regional tram and bus network.
A HS2 station within the SCR
Confirmation of a station stop at Sheffield secures our position within the HS2 network. We will continue to build a business case for a further parkway station that serves the region.
Building on our rail heritage
HS2 will provide a major boost for the Sheffield City Region’s rail industry which already has more than 200 companies employing more than 6,000 people.
The region is home to a number of major rail manufacturing firms including DB Schenker, Volker Rail and Hitachi. These as well as many other local firms could benefit from HS2 - and it could attract other firms into the region in the future.
Rebalancing the economy
HS2 offers the opportunity to rebalance the UK economy - shifting the emphasis away from London and allowing the Midlands, North West, Yorkshire and North East regions to thrive. It is a key element in the creation of the Northern Powerhouse and delivering the Transport for the North vision.
Recent decades have seen the balance of the UK economy shift away from the north as its traditional manufacturing industries have declined. HS2 phase two presents real opportunities to reverse this trend.
Creating additional capacity
HS2 phase two will significantly address the capacity issues facing the rail network - as our population grows and passenger numbers increase. It will also help to ease congestion on the motorway network.
HS2 will, for example, provide frequent new services between both London and Birmingham - in addition to the conventional rail services between these cities, which will continue after HS2 is built.
High speed trains will also be larger and longer than existing services enabling them to carry more passengers. In turn this will free up capacity for rail freight, boosting the region’s growing logistics and rail import/export business.
Opportunity to improve existing SCR rail services
HS2 also presents real opportunities to improve capacity on existing rail services in the Sheffield City Region. The region could benefit from the released capacity HS2 will create on the existing East Coast Mainline, particularly with the introduction of the new InterCity Express Bi-modal Azuma trains to Doncaster from 2018