Business leaders call for central HS2 station

Business leaders call for central HS2 station

Businesses in Sheffield are set to throw their backing behind plans for a city centre location for HS2 at a free event next month.

The event will be held in Sheffield to make the case for a city centre location for HS2 – and underline its importance to the business community.

Organised by Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, ‘Making the case for Sheffield City Centre HS2 station: the role of business’ will be held at Sheffield City Hall on 18 Feb, and will feature a number of key speakers, a debate and a Q&A session.

Speaking on the event, Sheffield Chamber executive director, Richard Wright, said: “There are a number of very important decisions being made this year that will have enormous implications to the future economy of the region. First among these is the location of the HS2 station.

“The current options are a parkway type station at Meadowhall, or a city centre location on the site of the old Victoria station. The final decision still has to be made.

“As an independent economic organisation Sheffield Chamber has concluded the Victoria location will be the best option because it delivers the best economic return for the region and causes less disruption to business and housing because the route follows existing train lines.

“We believe it is also by far the best strategic fit when the objectives of HS3 and the Northern Powerhouse are considered.

“Transport for the North is clearly committed to city to city connectivity and the Victoria location delivers that.”

Peter Kennan, chair of Sheffield Chamber Transport Forum, added: “Studies point to an overwhelming economic case for a Sheffield city centre station, creating many more jobs and having huge regeneration potential.

“The Meadowhall site is constrained by geography, topography and geology and cannot deliver that.”

“Potential HS2 ticket revenue is predominantly in south and west Sheffield plus the city centre where the professional services sector is located.

“Meadowhall is an inappropriate site to serve the key passenger markets, as a result.”

The event at The Memorial Hall at Sheffield City Hall, will run from 8am to 10:30am.

For more information or to book a place, visit: www.scci.org.ukevents.