Earlier this year the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (www.sheffieldcityregion.org.uk) launched The ‘Ontrack4hs2’ campaign (www.ontrack4hs2.org.uk) to maximise the economic benefits of Phase Two of HS2 coming to the Sheffield City Region.
Business leaders from the Sheffield City Region have joined forces with local Councils, who are all united in giving their support to HS2 through the Ontrack4hs2 campaign, and are urging the wider business community to get behind the plans and ensure the area doesn’t miss out on the considerable opportunities that this once in a generation infrastructure project will bring. Monaghans Regional Director Tan Khan has been appointed as an HS2 Ambassador for the campaign and is keen to see the project provide a real legacy for the region:
"Good transport links and improved connectivity are very important…HS2 Phase Two will definitely benefit the Sheffield City Region by creating employment, investment and growth opportunities for the many businesses that are located here. It really can’t come soon enough!"
The eastern leg of HS2 Phase 2 will see a station located in the Sheffield City Region almost halve train journey times to London and significantly reduce journey times to other key cities across the North of England. In the Sheffield City Region alone, HS2 is forecast to create thousands of jobs and the economic and transport benefits for Sheffield and its surrounding towns and cities could be critical to the region’s future economic strength.
Long before it is operational, the construction of HS2 is expected to create significant supply chain opportunities, not least for the 200 companies in the City Region who currently employ more than 6,000 people with a direct link to the rail industry. Ontrack4hs2 is also backing plans to make the Sheffield City Region a centre of excellence for high speed rail engineering as Doncaster has been chosen as one of two sites for High Speed Rail Colleges which will be established to ensure the country has the skills and expertise to deliver the HS2 project.
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