Sheffield, know your place
HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins has ‘called on South Yorkshire to keep pace with Leeds and other regions affected by the infrastructure project by uniting behind a (out-of-town parkway) station location’, wrote Ian Leech.
[HS2 BOSS CALLS FOR SOUTH YORKSHIRE UNITY, Ian Leech, Insider Media, 7 March 2016] […]
HS2 planners have earmarked a site near the Meadowhall shopping centre but the city council and high-profile figures including MP Nick Clegg want a station in the city centre. […]
“We didn’t have to go into Stoke or Crewe and say ‘there’s a winner, there’s a loser’. They came together and said we have a plan to get the maximum benefit out of this. […]
Sir David compared South Yorkshire to Derby and Nottingham, which two years ago said one city had to have the HS2 station or neither did. They are now working on plans for Toton.
Seeming to put Sheffield in its place compared to the much bigger Birmingham he said: “Birmingham city centre is also a very difficult site to make it work because of the topography.”
Mr Higgins’ powers of recall seem to be a bit wonky. After Stoke-on-Trent council had spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on contesting the decision to route the high speed line via Crewe, HS2 Ltd told them, “Crewe is the winner”.
Obviously, the decision to site an ‘East Midlands station’ in neither Derby nor Nottingham is a bit like a divorcing couple deciding to burn down their house, to spite each other.