Sheffield's HS2 station 'more beneficial' in city centre

Meadowhall The council said big named companies would rather be in the city centre than sited at Meadowhall

Related Stories

A new high speed rail station planned for Sheffield would bring more economic benefit it it was sited in the city centre, a report has said.

The government's preferred route for the second phase of HS2 would see a station built at Meadowhall linking the city with London and Birmingham.

The report says the old Victoria station would cost more but would bring increased jobs and money into the city.

A government consultation is currently being held on the route.

The Deputy Prime Minister has previously said it was right to site Sheffield's HS2 station away from the city centre.

Nick Clegg, who is MP for Sheffield Hallam, said it would be "more expensive" and the "train link would be slower, which slightly defeats the purpose of the whole exercise".

'Everything possible'

The council-commissioned report by Volterra says that where high speed stations have been built outside cities, such as Valence and Avignon, in France, there has been virtually no economic benefit.

It said having the station at the Victoria site near the Wicker Arches rather than three miles outside the centre at Meadowhall would bring in an extra £5bn and create thousands more jobs.

Leigh Bramall, Sheffield council's cabinet member for business, skills and development, said: "Meadowhall is not the best area to attract inward investment from the likes of the companies that tend to group around HS2 fast speed stations such as Pricewaterhouse Coopers and KPMG.

"They want to be in a city centre environment where they've got good public realm and space and it's likely that Meadowhall wont' do that so that's where the jobs argument comes in."

Mr Bramall added: "This is a one in a 100 year project, surely it's about economic regeneration and growth.

"We should be doing everything possible to get that right so let's have a look at it now."

A final route for phase two is expected to be chosen by the end of 2014.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

Weather

Sheffield

17 °C 10 °C

Features

  • FlagsNational identity

    After the referendum, have two Scotlands emerged?


  • Two sphinxes guarding the entrance to the tombTomb mystery

    Secrets of ancient burial site keep Greeks guessing


  • Tattooed person using tabletRogue ink

    People who lost their jobs because of their tattoos


  • Two people holding up the newly discovered head of Mithras, 1954Roman puzzle

    How to put London's mysterious underground temple back together


  • Deepika PadukoneBeauty and a tweet

    Bollywood cleavage row shows India's 'crass' side


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.