HS2 and South Yorkshire, part five
HS2 Ltd has produced a South Yorkshire ‘factsheet‘, showing Sheffield Midland station (although the company’s high speed trains would not stop there).
HS2 will widen opportunities for millions of people linking our big cities with London and with each other. It will re-write journey times between Britain’s major cities creating a high speed line that will integrate the economies of Birmingham, East Midlands, Sheffield, Manchester, Leeds and many more as never efore as well as linking them with London, the South East and Europe.
Regular, reliable services
Projected high speed services from Sheffield Midland in 2033:
79 mins to London compared with 2hr 05 mins today – three trains per hour
27 mins to Leeds compared with 41 mins today – five trains per hour
48 mins to Birmingham compared with 1hr 11 mins today – three trains per hour
Journey times from existing stations such as Sheffield Midland (above) will be reduced as a result of linking to HS2 at the new high speed rail station at Meadowhall. Projected journey times from the new station, for which no suitable comparisons exist, are given below.
Journey times From
Destination Current time (mins) HS2 time (mins) London n/a 69 Birmingham n/a 38 Nottingham Midland n/a 34 Leeds n/a 17 York n/a 23 Newcastle n/a 87 The current projected journey time from Sheffield to Newcastle is 1 hr 55 minutes. HS2 will reduce this journey times to 1 hr 27 minutes, a saving of 28 minutes. Other intermediate destinations on the proposed service specification
including but not limited to Darlington and Durham would experience similar journey time reductions
According to HS2’s January 2013 service pattern, there would be two trains per hour to London, not three as claimed in the factsheet. Local trains between Sheffield Midland and Meadowhall take 5 or 6 minutes, but passengers tend to prefer no-change journeys, so from Sheffield Midland, a more realistic HS2 connection weighting might be around 17 to 22 minutes.
The Department for Transport has revealed councils and businesses ‘likely to benefit’ from HS2 ‘could be expected to make a financial contribution’, and Sheffield is likely to be asked to shell out from a £500 million fund set aside for projects around the city.
[‘Battle over Sheffield HS2 station costs’, Sheffield Star, 8 February 2013]
Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council cabinet member responsible for transport, said: “We met with the Transport Secretary two weeks ago and were never told we would be expected to make a contribution.
“Discussions are taking place between Sheffield and the other councils in the city region about where to spend the infrastructure fund, but we always understood links to the new high speed station at Meadowhall would be Government funded.”
A Department for Transport spokesman said: “Any third party contributions will depend on local circumstances and could take a variety of forms.