Sheffield hosts HS2 summit on station location

Artists impression of the HS2 station in Sheffield city centre
Artists impression of the HS2 station in Sheffield city centre

A major summit featuring national and local speakers will be held in Sheffield to set out the case for an HS2 station in Sheffield city centre.

Sheffield Chamber is organising the event on February 18 ‘to lay out the facts as clearly as possible’.

The organisation is backing a city centre HS2 station, saying it delivers the best economic return for the region and causes less disruption to business and housing because the route follows existing train lines. And ‘it is by far the best strategic fit when the objectives of HS3 and the Northern Powerhouse are considered’.

It is campaigning for a change in government policy, which favours an HS2 station at Meadowhall.

Richard Wright, executive director of Sheffield Chamber, said: “Making the right decision is critical to the business community so we want to lay out the facts as clearly as possible.

“The seminar is designed to do that and we would urge you to come and hear for yourself. We want the strength and confidence that your backing will give us as we continue to lobby government for the right decision for the city and Sheffield City Region.

Richard Wright, of Sheffield College and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce at the Star Round Table Business Meeting. Picture: Andrew Roe

Richard Wright, of Sheffield College and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce at the Star Round Table Business Meeting. Picture: Andrew Roe

“There are a number of very important decisions being made this year and first among these is the location of the HS2 station.”

The event, at The Memorial Hall at Sheffield City Hall, will also include a question and answer panel. It is supported by Grant Thornton, in partnership with The Star, Counter Context, Transport Forum, HLM and Sheffield City Council.

It will start at 8am on Thursday February 18.

To book a place go to www.scci.org.uk/events.