Sheffield Left Off New HS2 Route Plans

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

The new route for the second phase of the high-speed rail line has been unveiled by the government, with HS2 set to run from Crewe to Manchester and connect the West Midlands to Leeds.

Sheffield is still proving a bit of a pain in the backside for ministers. Plans to build a new station at Meadowhall on the outskirts of the city have now been scrapped, while the city centre alternative would mean the destruction of a new housing estate in Mexborough, South Yorkshire.

The temporary solution? Push the decision back.

A final decision on the HS2 route will be made next year, following further consultation, and despite the project being two years behind schedule, the Department for Transport still expects the £55 billion line to be up and running by 2033.

The DfT also says there'll be close to 15,000 seats per hour on trains between London and Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. That compares with just 5,000 now.

The first phase of the high-speed rail line, meanwhile, is due to be up and running in December 2026. [BBC]