Council leader meets HS2 campaign group

​Date:27/07/2016

Ref: PR 8302

The Leader of Wakefield Council has met a local residents' group which is campaigning against the newly proposed route of High Speed rail through the district.

Earlier this month plans were announced to change the original HS2 route with the inclusion of a new station in Sheffield city centre, which would see the line running east towards the M18 before re-joining the original route south of the M62.

This will take the line further to the east of the Wakefield district, potentially coming in just south east of South Elmsall, running to the west of Hemsworth and east side of Crofton, then joining a route north of Crofton and going west through Altofts. 

Cllr Peter Box CBE, met members of the campaign group Crofton Against HS2, who are opposing the new route, which they fear will affect their homes and community. There are also concerns that the route could cut through historic Nostell Priory.

He said: "I understand and share the concerns of residents who are rightly worried about the impact of the new HS2 route on our district.

"As far as I can see there appears to be no real case for the benefits in the latest proposals for Wakefield. As well as the impact of the route on local communities and the environment, I am also concerned about the lack of economic benefits for the area.

"So far there has been no announcement about investment in connectivity or about any plans to improve the existing network to an acceptable standard.  It is not acceptable that the existing service to London will apparently be reduced by half."