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Nick Clegg defends siting of Sheffield HS2 link

Nick Clegg speaking at the site of the proposed new station at the giant Meadowhall Shopping Centre Credit: Twitter/@DPMoffice

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has defended the decision to site the new Sheffield HS2 station three miles from the city centre.

The MP for Sheffield Hallam constituency said the HS2 project was "good for the whole country and especially good in healing this north-south divide that we have in our economy for far, far too long."

Asked about criticism that the line will not run into Sheffield city centre, Mr Clegg said "The city centre option is not a cost-free one.

"It would be a lot more expensive and also the train link would be slower, which slightly defeats the purpose of the whole exercise."