Cllr Chris Read, Labour Leader of Rotherham Council, responding to today’s HS2 announcement by Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport, on the M18 route for South Yorkshire, has said:

Cllr Chris Read, Labour Leader of Rotherham Council

The government and HS2 have made the wrong decision today. The idea of major transport improvements connecting South Yorkshire to other major centres of population is an important one with potentially valuable economic benefits, and clearly something that we would support – so this proposal is a kick in the teeth.

It is particularly disappointing that the government ignored the evidence we presented alongside Doncaster MBC which showed that this proposal involves spending an extra £1.7 billion over the lifetime of the project to deliver 70% cent fewer journey  seats per hour, 25% slower journey times, and 30% fewer new jobs for our area when compared to a station at Meadowhall. It is a second class service for Rotherham.

Residents, especially those living on or close to the route, deserved much better than this from the government and we will continue to do all that we can to ensure that their voices are heard.”

You can read the latest Government decision on the HS2 route be here. The recent letter by Cllr Chris Read and Mayor Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, on their opposition to the HS2 plans for the M18 route in South Yorkshire can also be  read here.

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