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Eighty percent of Sheffielders aren’t interested in HS2, according to Sheffield council leader Julie Dore, who has warned the project ‘will fail to improve the majority of the north’.

'HS2: Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore warns that the £106billion rail project will fail to improve majority of the north'

[HS2: Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore warns that the £106billion rail project will fail to improve majority of the north, Molly Williams, Local Democracy Reporter, The Star, 27 Jan 2020]

She said: “I sit here and talk about HS2 but you know what, 80 percent of Sheffielders aren’t interested – they are interested in buses. We’ve not got enough of them, they don’t arrive on time, sometimes they’re missing, they’re not comfortable or clean, they’re slow, unaffordable and don’t go to the right places. People want authorities and the government to address their real life issues.

“Big announcements about HS2 and massive infrastructure, more roads and railways for the north but people want to know there is a good education for their children, decent job they can look forward too, an affordable cost of living, a decent home and care and support when they need it. That’s what matters to them and I think the opportunity of devolution will help address some of those issues.”

Why it has taken her to say something as obvious as this, is not immediately clear. HS2 cannot ‘regenerate’ the north, and the proposed HS2 termini (in Manchester and Leeds) are the places in the north which are the least in need of ‘regeneration’.

twitter, @SheffieldStar, 'Coun Dore said she was 'profoundly disappointed' with recent announcements about the HS2 rail link. Story by @1MollyWilliams'

Written by beleben

January 27, 2020 at 8:06 pm

Posted in HS2, Politics

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  1. Sheffield Council are/were so keen on HS2, the route was changed to bring it nearer. Our local government is just as useless as our national government.

    Mike

    January 30, 2020 at 2:22 am


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