Sheffield Chamber comments on HS2 Announcements

19th July 2017

Richard Wright, executive director at Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, said: -We welcome the announcement by the Minister today that finalises the route for HS2 through the Sheffield City Region.

This has been a difficult and prolonged decision-making process, but we believe we have reached a solution that gives a good and balanced economic return for the whole region. Now is the time to put the decision making behind us and get on to make sure we maximise those benefits. Mr Wright, who welcomed the linking of HS2 and Transport for North by the Department for Transport, said: -To get the best return for the region we must ensure everybody has good connectivity to the new station(s), that HS2 is properly integrated into both the existing rail network and that being delivered by Transport for the North, originally called HS3. Transport for the North's objectives are to connect every city centre in the North much better and the target includes a regular 30-minute journey times between Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield. -People should be under no illusion that this will present enormous challenges, not least the new routes for HS2 and the journey through the Pennines, but the prize is enormous and something worth fighting for. The Sheffield City Region is fast becoming a strong, vibrant and sustainable economy with an excellent inward investment activity. Decisions like these underpin that momentum and give real hope that our children and grandchildren will not be disadvantaged in the future.

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