High Speed Rail is a national project proposed by the Government which will revolutionise Britain’s rail network. A new line will increase the capacity of the country’s rail network and free up space on the existing railways.
HS1 is the High Speed Rail link from London (St Pancras) to Europe through the Channel Tunnel. The proposed HS2 network will be built in two Phases, the first being London to Birmingham. This network will be up and running by 2026.
Phase 2 of the Y-shaped network will be constructed by 2033 and will continue from Birmingham in two directions, one Western route to Manchester and an Eastern route to Leeds.The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that Phase 2 will serve Sheffield City Region, with an initial station preference of Meadowhall.
On 28 January 2013, in the Ministerial Speech, Transport Secretary of State Patrick McLoughlin announced that the HS2 phase two route will link Birmingham with Manchester, the East Midlands, Sheffield City Region and Leeds. Details of the initial preferred route were released, which outlines stations in the following locations:
Sheffield City Region will benefit from improved connections and capacity to other UK city regions and the continent. This will rebalance Britain’s economic geography with the South East and create growth and opportunities for generations to come.
On January 10th 2012, following a six month public consultation, the Secretary of State for Transport, Justine Greening announced that the route from London to Birmingham would be constructed and further work on the Y-shaped network will be developed.
The following video of the Secretary of State for Transport addressing a ‘Transport Times’ delegation, highlights the importance of High Speed Rail to the country.
Government departments and other bodies have held consultations to ensure that decisions on HS2 are informed by key organisations and public opinion.
We have responded to a number of consultations on High Speed Rail and will continue to do so:
Throughout the development of HS2, there have been numerous arguments and concerns about whether HSR is the correct approach. Many of the arguments have been emotionally driven and have often overlooked key facts, mitigations and experience from other countries of operating HSR, in order to emphasise specific concerns and opinions. The following section summarises some of these arguments and provides further information as to why we believe HSR is beneficial despite these concerns.
A consultation on an Exceptional Hardship Scheme (EHS) to assist property owners affected by Phase Two has been published alongside the Command Paper. More detailed information on the EHS Consultation can be found by:
The consultation on Phase Two EHS will close on 29 April 2013.
It is clear that the majority of Sheffield City Region businesses feel High Speed Rail will bring us significant economic benefits. In 2010, the British Chamber of Commerce surveyed their members and 91% of Sheffield City Region businesses agreed that High Speed Rail was important to them.
The government has announced its plans to extend the London to Birmingham line. Phase two will see the route reach Manchester, Leeds, the Sheffield City Region and East Midlands in a Y-shaped network. Consultation on the preferred route for HS2 is expected to take place later in the year (2013).
Sheffield City Region partners have worked hard over the last few years to ensure Government are aware of the benefits the eastern route of the network will bring to the country.
The following links show in detail the evidence Sheffield City Region and partners have submitted to the DfT.
As described the Secretary of State gave the go-ahead for HS2 in January 2012, please click here to find the documentation released to support the decision..
One of the aims of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) is to make information held by public authorities more accessible to the public, and allow individuals and companies to request a wide variety of material.
To make a HS2 FOI request, or to view previously published responses, please refer in the first instance to HS2 Ltd.
For the answers to FOI’s recently submitted to SYPTE please click on the links below.
SYPTE resource has not been used to provide rebuttals to counter evidence.
SYPTE do not hold line capacity information. Network Rail is responsible for the use of the UK’s rail networks and any request should be directed to them.
All evidence commissioned by SYPTE, in conjunction with METRO and the Eastern Network Partnership is published at http://www.syltp.org.uk/HS2.aspx
HS2 Ltd has investigated route and station options. This has included appropriate assessment of costs. Documentation of such investigations will be held by HS2 Ltd and all requests are to be made to HS2 Ltd. SYPTE does not hold any route or station option appraisal information.
A substantial body of information regarding these issues has been published by the Department for Transport as part of its 28 January 2013 announcement of the Government’s initial preference for the High Speed Rail routes north of Birmingham. These publications can be accessed via:
It is not within SYPTE’s role to state a preference for station location or track routeing, SYPTE acts under the direction of SYITA to provide support and facilitation for the HS2 project as required. It has provided such support in response to the report prepared by Genecon LLP commissioned on behalf of Sheffield City Council and SYPTE details of which are published at:
Details in respect of communications are set out in the High Speed Rail Policy Paper referred to in response to item 5 above.
Master planning the HS2 station is a task which will need to be undertaken following the Government announcement. Our objective will be to provide the evidence to the DfT for it provide funding mechanisms to connect the station to the areas throughout Sheffield City Region.
Since 2009, SYPTE have incurred direct cost of £124,284.00 associated with research work related to High Speed Rail. Within these costs, £16,000 has been paid directly to Greengauge21 for membership of its Public Interest Group. No monies have been directly paid to any other group.
The list below shows all disbursements since 2009.
Net Cost to SYPTE (£)
Study – HSR to Leeds and Sheffield city regions
Study - Making a connection to HSR via Midland Main Line
Membership of Greengauge21 public interest group
Documentation – HSR Fact Sheet
Study – Economic case of HSR to Leeds & Sheffield City Regions
Study – Update the Economic case of HSR to Leeds & Sheffield City Regions following DfT announcements
Study - Eastern Network Partnership
Study – Mass Transit
Study – Released Capacity
Total SYPTE Expenditure
For work that SYPTE has commissioned directly we have used established framework agreements procured via the OJEU process. For other work we have co-sponsored, tendering was the responsibility of the commissioning client for the work.
Internal SYPTE resources have been used to disseminate findings of the research work.
High Speed Rail is a national infrastructure project. Investment decisions are made at a national level. Assessments against other projects have been made by the Department for Transport (DfT) and HS2 Ltd. This information has been published on the DfT website.
In July 2011, the Eastern Network Partnership (Local Authorities along the proposed Y shape network) commissioned a study to assess the economic impacts of the Y shaped network against the ‘reverse S shape’ alternative which the Government had at that time identified. The Reverse S would not have served South Yorkshire.
The linked report shows the economic advantages of the Y network over the reverse S. This report has been used to provide evidence to the DfT to support the case for the Y shape network.
To find out more about HS2, or to ask any questions, you can: