The Mayor of the Sheffield City Region has unveiled the city’s Integrated Rail Plan.
Produced by Sheffield City Region and local authority partners, the Integrated Rail Plan has been supported by the likes of Transport for the North (TfN) and the Department for Transport (DfT) has welcomed its publication.
This “ambitious new plan for the future” outlines a vision for how Sheffield and the surrounding region will be connected by high speed and conventional rail networks in the future across the north, as well as throughout the region and nationally.
The Integrated Rail Plan sets out the best ways to connect Sheffield’s urban and economic centres to enable a better flow of people, goods and businesses throughout the city region, while promoting rural and visitor economies.
The plan is underpinned by three goals: safe, reliable and accessible transport network; residents and businesses connected to economic opportunity; and a cleaner and greener Sheffield City region.
That final point is important in the context of the need to reduce the threat of toxic air and hit the government’s net-zero carbon targets.
There are a number of components of the plan that are set out in the document; the Mayor is seeking to improve speed and frequency of trains from the region to Manchester and Leeds; connectivity of HS2 trains from the centre of Sheffield to Leeds is also important.
Elsewhere, a rolling programme of improvements at the network of local stations has also been flagged, as has the construction of a new rail station to serve businesses and communities in the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District at Waverley.
Mayor Dan Jarvis commented: “This is a landmark moment for our region.
“For the first time, government, regional partners and our local authorities have come together to welcome a vision for the future of our rail services, creating a plan that will revolutionise rail travel for our communities.”