MP’s plea for station rethink

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SHEFFIELD MP Paul Blomfield this week urged the Government to think again over a suggested station for high speed trains at Meadowhall.

He said the station should be in the city centre to secure the full benefits of the high speed rail network passing through the region.

The Labour MP said: “High speed rail will be the biggest investment in railway infrastructure in our city since the railway first came to Sheffield in the Victorian era. It will affect our city for the next century and so we have got to get it right.

“Unless the high speed station is at the centre of Sheffield we will not see significant journey time improvements. High speed rail journeys from Sheffield to London will take 1 hour 15 minutes, but getting to Meadowhall from the city will add up to 30 minutes. With the scheduled electrification of Midland Mainline already set to drop our journey time to London down to 1 hour 40 minutes, it’s clear that Meadowhall just will not give us the crucial journey time improvements that we need.”

Mr Blomfield added: “Birmingham’s proposed new High Speed station will be at the centre of their city as will London’s, and I fully expect Leeds and Manchester will have central locations too. Why does the Government think we should be any different?”

Transport Minister Norman Baker has been advised that Meadowhall is a better location for the station than the old Victoria Station near the Wicker, partly because of the lower cost.

Sheffield railway station is not thought to have the capacity.