Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “We have always believed that our region’s HS2 station must be located where the greatest economic impact, transport benefits and job creation will be delivered – and that is in Sheffield city centre.
“A city centre location is vital to ensuring Sheffield is well placed to maximise the benefits of HS2 – but this must extend to the north as well as to the south.
“We must enable high speed journeys to continue north of Sheffield. While we welcome the fact that HS2 have committed to funding a junction, we will be seeking further commitments from Government to ensure that the connection north of Sheffield is funded to enable high speed connections out of Midland and up to places like Leeds and Newcastle.
“We’re fighting hard for radically better connections to Leeds and Manchester as well as London. A city centre location is essential for the development of Sheffield’s future connectivity between cities in the north. Locating HS2 at Midland allows us to integrate HS2 with HS3 and it is now important that government commit to funding the improvements for 30 minute city centre to city centre connectivity between Sheffield and Leeds and Sheffield and Manchester that is crucial to achieve the aims of Transport for the North.”