A bridge too far? Impact revealed of high speed rail line into Sheffield

Artists' impressions of planned high speed rail station which could be built at Sheffield's old Victoria Station site

Artists' impressions of planned high speed rail station which could be built at Sheffield's old Victoria Station site

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Plans to create a high speed rail station in central Sheffield could mean the loss of the city’s oldest hotel, major changes to the Grade II*-listed Wicker viaduct and demolition of more than 40 homes.

The cost of bringing a ‘loop’ line to a station at Sheffield Victoria would be £1 billion.

Sheffield Council and business leaders are calling on the Government to move the station from its preferred site on the HS2 main line at Meadowhall – saying a city centre location would boost the economy by £5 for every extra £1 spent.

However, opponents say the destruction of Sheffield’s heritage and disruption to residents would outweigh any benefits.