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High-speed rail link controversy

There is huge controversy over the proposed HS2 rail line with the Government claiming it is vital for the region's prosperity, but critics labelling it an expensive white elephant that could rip the heart out of some local communities.

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Angela Smith MP welcomes rail announcement

The news the Government is to commit to building an high speed rail link connecting Sheffield to London and Leeds has been welcomed by Angela Smith, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge.

The proposed Sheffield station would be built at Meadowhall - causing some controversy.

While for Sheffield the preferred location of the station would have been Midland Station, I can fully understand why it is proposed to locate the station at Meadowhall.

To get the line into Sheffield would be very expensive, in excess of £1.5bn. it also has to remembered that this stop is for the City region and as a Barnsley MP too I recognise how important it is that Barnsley has good connections to high speed rail.

Meadowhall provides that for Barnsley Rotherham, Sheffield and outlying areas such as Worksop and Chesterfield.

– Angela Smith MP

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