Reaction to today’s HS2 announcement 

Responding to today’s announcement from the government which confirms their intention to route HS2 through Rotherham along the M18, Cllr Chris Read, Leader of RMBC, said;

“The government and HS2 have made the wrong decision today. The idea of major transport improvements connecting South Yorkshire to other major centres of population is an important one with potentially valuable economic benefits, and clearly something that we would support – so this proposal is a kick in the teeth. 

“It is particularly disappointing that the government ignored the evidence we presented alongside Doncaster MBC which showed that this proposal involves spending an extra £1.7 billion over the lifetime of the project to deliver 70% cent fewer journey seats per hour, 25% slower journey times, and 30% fewer new jobs for our area when compared to a station at Meadowhall. It is a second class service for Rotherham. 

“Residents, especially those living on or close to the route, deserved much better than this from the government and we will continue to do all that we can to ensure that their voices are heard.”

You can read the government’s document covering our area today by clicking here (PDF).

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