Chesterfield recommended for HS2 stop
Journey times from Chesterfield to London will fall to 1hr 15mins if recommendations for the new high speed rail line are adopted.
The recommendations were made by Sir David Higgins in his report, published today (7 July) which analyses the different options for HS2 services in Sheffield City Region and makes a recommendation about how to build and run HS2 in the area.
The proposed new route would see the town being served by a spur off the main line that will join existing tracks at Clay Cross. High speed trains will pass through Chesterfield on the way to Sheffield City Centre before re-joining the HS2 route to the east of Barnsley. The proposed new route would also cost £1bn less than the projected £55bn to build.
With Chesterfield’s mainline train station located on the doorstep of Chesterfield Waterside’s Basin Square neighbourhood, this would journey times into central London less than it will take for some people living in the capital’s commuter belt.
Peter Swallow, chair of Destination Chesterfield said: " The recommended HS2 route represents a fantastic opportunity for Chesterfield Waterside. The journey time to London by rail is already good but having an HS2 stop would increase this, further benefitting the local economy and the attractiveness of Chesterfield Waterside to investors and residents.”
The recommendations for the HS2 route will now go to the Secretary of State to make a final decision.
View the full report here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hs2-sheffield-and-south-yorkshire-report-2016