Northern city council leaders are meeting with transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin this week to discuss phase two of the High Speed 2 (HS2) network.
McLoughlin is expected to reveal the government’s preferred route for £16bn Phase 2 section for the route between Birmingham and Leeds and Manchester “shortly”.
Although the councils are bound by confidentiality where they would prefer the stations to be located, it is understood Sheffield City Council’s wants a station in the city centre instead of a parkway at Meadowhall.
“Given that high speed rail is a once-in-100 years project, it is vitally important that decisions on station location are made based on the right data and analysis to help Sheffield and the other City Regions of the north achieve their full potential,” said Dore.
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.
HS2 Ltd submitted proposed for phase two – from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds – last March to the Department for Transport.
McLoughlin is expected to reveal the government’s preferred route “shortly” with a parkway stations expected at Toton in the East Midlands at Toton, Meadowhall near Sheffield and at Manchester Airport. He is expected to recommend city centre stations in Leeds and Manchester.
But any announcement could be affected by the outcome of a judicial review over HS2 phase one also due before the end of January. (NCE 13 December 2012)