Call to speed up HS2 arrival in Sheffield as part of £15bn transport plans for The North

A prototype HS2 train
A prototype HS2 train

A new £15 billion transport plan developed by politicians and business leaders from key northern cities is calling for the HS2 link between Sheffield and Leeds to be introduced more quickly.

The One North: Superconnected Cities report will be presented to Chancellor George Osborne and HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins in Manchester today.

The report proposes a £15 billion, 15-year investment plan for Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.

Its proposals include bringing forward the delivery of HS2 between Leeds and Sheffield.

Under the current timetable, the Sheffield link will not be up and running until the early 2030s.

The report also proposes increased road capacity in the north through extended managed motorways and electrification of existing railway lines.

Julie Dore, leader of Sheffield Council, said: “Transforming the connections between our great Northern cities is vital if we are to make the most of our unlocked economic potential.

“An ambitious, integrated and planned approach towards infrastructure investment in the north will enable us to achieve our ambitions for our economy.

“For years our transport network has been far too slow and inferior compared to London and the south east. Getting city to city connections right will act as a catalyst for our cities and city regions which we need to drive job creation.”