The Mayor of the Sheffield City Region has welcomed the government’s commitment to HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR).
Dan Jarvis spoke in reaction to the Prime Minister’s statement to the House of Commons that confirmed the government will press ahead with the delivery of HS2 in full.
It follows the publication of the Oakervee review, which said that the full Y-shaped network should go ahead, serving both sides of the Pennines.
The Mayor of the Sheffield City Region said: “I welcome the announcement from the Prime Minister. HS2 and NPR are crucial to level up the economy and provide vital upgrades to our creaking Victorian infrastructure.
“We must ensure they benefit South Yorkshire and unlock prosperity and better connectivity right across our region.”
The transport strategy for the Sheffield City Region has been refreshed in order to tackle the region’s fundamental transport challenges.
Mark Lynam, Director of Transport outlined the priorities to Transport Britain, the most pressing of which is “how we move people around the region better.”
This is important because the review of Phase 2b of HS2, according to the Mayor, “gives us the opportunity to look again at the impact of HS2 on communities in our region.
“The government needs to ensure this review is undertaken thoroughly but speedily so we can minimise disruption.”
Mayor Jarvis met with the Secretary of State to discuss the impact of uncertainty on local residents.
It is within the prism of improving the region’s transport that the Mayor called for “urgent investment” in South Yorkshire’s transport infrastructure, so improvements are made in the short-term.
He said: “The government must use the Budget to invest in shovel-ready projects in South Yorkshire.
“This means approving our Transforming Cities funding bid, which will enable us to improve our rail, bus, walking and cycling network.
“We also need clarity on the government’s plans to invest in buses so we can halt the decline in services in South Yorkshire.”