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HS2: Contentious Sheffield station decision not final

The future location of Sheffield’s High Speed 2 (HS2) train station could still change when phase two plans are revealed next week, local councillors said today.

Sheffield city council leader Julie Dore said transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin was still willing to discuss the location of the HS2 station following concerns the city may have parkway station at Meadowhall instead of a city centre location.

NCE understands there are two options on the table – a station in the city or a parkway at Meadowhall – with the parkway station reported to be the favoured choice by project promoter HS2 Ltd.

“At our recent meeting with the Secretary of State, he assured us that he will continue to discuss with an open mind the final location of a high speed rail station for the Sheffield City Region, whatever the initially proposed location may be,” said Dore.

Northern councils met with McLoughlin last week to discuss the government’s preferred route for £16bn Phase 2 section for the route between Birmingham and Leeds and Manchester.

The route is expected to be revealed on Monday.

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