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HS2 Does The Right Thing At Sheffield

In HS2 Does The Right Thing At Leeds, I put my case for HS2 stations to be in City Centres, so that when passengers arrived, they could use all the current and often well-developed local trains and trams to get to their ultimate destination.

I said this.

I don’t like the concept of most of the HS2 stations.

Euston, isn’t too bad, as the HS2 platforms are alongside those for the main station and I suspect that when and if I see it in reality, I will be able to arrive in the station on perhaps a London Midland train from Bletchley or Tring and just walk across to the HS2 platforms.

At some of our better interchange stations like Reading, to change trains, you go up escalators to a wide overbridge and then walk across to the escalator for the platform of your departing train. The design also allows seats and cafes in a totally non-claustrophobic environment. I have a feeling that the new London Bridge will raise the bar of this type of station even higher!

To my mind the designs for HS2 station at Birmingham is absolute rubbish and truly terrible. Birmingham is developing a local train, tram and bus network centred on New Street station, so instead of HS2 arriving into this hub, it arrives at a separate station some distance away and many passengers will have to get a tram to connect to their ongoing service.

After seeing the light at Leeds and proposed something much more sensible, HS2 has now done a similar thing at Sheffield.

This article on the BBC explains it all.

  • HS2 will now serve the main Sheffield station.
  • HS2 will now pass to the East of Rotherham.
  • HS2 will reach Sheffield on classic lines from a junction near Clay Cross and via Chesterfield.
  • Sheffield City Council say the new route will create 6,500 more jobs in Sheffield.
  • The old route might have created congestion around Meadowhall.

This map shows the new and the old routes.

HS2 Through South Yorkshire

HS2 Through South Yorkshire

The yellow route is the old one and the blue one is the new one.

Note how the on the map it says “Link to Sheffield Midland on Existing Railway”

I have followed this route on Google Maps and with the exception of perhaps Chesterfield station, there would appear to be space to get four tracks from the junction at Clay Cross to Sheffield station. There also appears to be few houses close to the line, which seems to be in a wooded corridor between industrial premises.

Good planning says that this line should be upgraded and Chesterfield station should be remodelled, when the Midland Main Line (MML) is electrified.

Is this one of the reasons, that HS2 has chosen this route and moved the station from Meadowhall to Sheffield?

Clay Cross to Sheffield is about twenty miles and if two tracks were rebuilt or added to the MML, to HS2 standards, it would have the following benefits.

  • HS2 trains could approach Sheffield, using the sort of speed profile, they’d use into other stations.
  • 200 kph trains on the MML would knock a few minutes off schedules.
  • Any extra tracks would probably fit on railway land.
  • Chesterfield station could be rebuilt to accept HS2 trains.

There would be a large saving in costs, as only two tracks would be built. They would also be built when the MML is electrified.

Unfortunately, this change of route will cause problems as the BBC article explains.

It’s a pity they didn’t lay down a few objectives at the start of the detailed design of HS2.

One of which would have been, that HS2 should access existing well-developed stations if possible.


July 7, 2016 - Posted by | Transport | , ,


  1. […] In HS2 Does The Right Thing In Sheffield, I postulated that if the MML from Clay Cross, where it bis joined by HS2 to Sheffield, were to be built to HS2 standards, when it was electrified, then this would have benefits for both lines. […]

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  2. […] in scope to create a One Nation Railway. As the changes at Sheffield, that I wrote about in HS2 Does The Right Thing At Sheffield, showed, good design of the railway can save a lot of money ande add more stations to the […]

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