Construction work on the National College for High Speed Rail is starting in Doncaster. The facility is being build on a site at Lakeside. It will train thousands of new engineers and is due to open in 2017.
MPs will vote today on whether or not the controversial High Speed 2 project should go ahead. The government are committed to the rail link, which would connect London to Leeds. But dozens of backbench Tories and some Labour MPs are expected to vote against it.
The MP for Chesterfield, Toby Perkins has dubbed the decision over where to build the high speed rail link 'amateurish'. It's after claims the maps used to choose the route were out of date.
The track, which links London to Leeds cuts across parts of Chesterfield canal.
But documents regarding the construction of the link, which were submitted to the government in March 2012, included maps which are missing nearby Staveley Basin which was built more than a year ago.
It's claimed the maps used to draw up the route for the new high speed rail link could be out of date.
The track, which links London to Leeds, cuts over stretches of the Chesterfield Canal.
But documents regarding the construction of the link, which were submitted to the government in March 2012, failed to include Staveley Town Basin that was completed more than a year ago.
It has also been claimed a 600 metre stretch of restored waterway is missing from the map.
Robin Stonebridge is from the Chesterfield Canal Trust.
Maps used to calculate the route for the High Speed Rail link could be out of date, say campaigners. The link between London and Leeds would cut straight through a new marina on the Chesterfield Canal, which isn't on the map of the route.
The route of the high speed train route from Yorkshire to London will be announced later. It could cut journey times from our region to the capital to under ninety minutes.
Rail journeys from London to Scotland could be cut to under three hours in plans for a high speed line which could involve travel through Leeds, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has said.
Mr McLoughlin said: “At the start of this year, the government committed to build a new line not just to Birmingham but on to Manchester and Leeds. Soon, I’ll publish detailed plans for the route north of Birmingham. But I want even more parts of our country to benefit.
“So we’re launching a study on the way to get fast journeys further north still, with the aim of getting the journey from Scotland to London to under three hours. And making sure the north-east benefits too.”
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has said the details of the route high speed rail will take through our region will be announced "soon".