Government to commission study into proposals for second station in South Yorkshire along proposed HS2 line.
Proposals for a second station in South Yorkshire as part of the HS2 route have taken a step forward, with Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey, given the promise that the government will commission a study into the possibility of the HS2 line, which would run close to the existing M18 motorway.
Mr Healey received confirmation of the study in a letter from Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling.
The new proposed building, a “Parkway Station”, would cut through towns in the Dearne Valley between Doncaster and Rotherham.
The idea was originally mentioned by HS2 Chairman David Higgins in a report earlier this year, which included scrapping the idea of the previous plan for a station at Meadowhall serving the whole of South Yorkshire. The revised plan proposed that some northbound services should branch off the mainline and go into Sheffield station, which by cutting out Meadowhall, would allow the mainline to take a route further east, and cut cost by £1Bn.
Mr Healey said a previous plan would have seen the line “running right through but not stopping in South Yorkshire” but he welcomed this latest move that could see Dearne Valley residents benefiting from their own HS2 railway station.
Mr Healey said: “I oppose a change of route for HS2 away from plans for a Meadowhall station which could bring benefits widely across South Yorkshire, and I’ve said this directly to HS2 boss Sir David Higgins and the Transport Secretary.
“This new HS2 route risks the worst of all worlds, with the HS2 running right through but not stopping in South Yorkshire. So if Ministers are going to consider this new route then I want to make sure an HS2 station in Rotherham or the Dearne is part of the plan.”
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