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Rotherham area set to benefit from High Speed 2 rail announcement

posted 28 Jan 2013, 06:19 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 28 Jan 2013, 06:20 ]
The Government’s announcement of the proposed route for High Speed 2 (HS2) rail services north of Birmingham has been welcomed in the Rotherham area.

The development should lead to the journey time from South Yorkshire to London being cut to 69 minutes. Construction on the overall HS2 project is due to start in the second half of this decade with opening of the route between London and the West Midlands in mid 2020s. The onward routes to Manchester and to Leeds, through South Yorkshire would begin services in 2032/33.

Councillor Roger Stone, Leader of Rotherham MBC, welcomed the announcement that the regional station for the High Speed rail link will be on Rotherham's doorstep.

He added: "The introduction of a high speed rail link with a station at Meadowhall will bring major economic benefits to both Rotherham and the wider Sheffield City Region, dramatically cutting journey times from Rotherham to London and the Midlands. 

"Although the actual opening of the line is still some way off it is clear that our work on regeneration projects such as the Advanced Manufacturing Park and bringing new business investment into Rotherham will be greatly enhanced by the High Speed link.

"We will now be working closely with our local partners to see how we can maximise the benefits it will bring and ensure the new station is well served by transport links from Rotherham." 

"At the same time, we do need to now look closely at the detail from today's announcement regarding the specific route the line will take so we can look at the impact on communities along the proposed route. We will support those communities through the national consultation to ensure their voice is heard before final decisions are made by the Government."