In the latest twist of the saga of a South Yorkshire station, it seems that HS2 are now looking for a new parkway site.
According to reports, more information here , HS2 Ltd gave a shortlist of potential parkway stations sites to Doncaster Council at a meeting this week. These sites might act as parkway stations with up to 1,700 parking spaces.
- Bramley in Doncaster, South Yorkshire
- Clayton in Doncaster
- Fitzwilliam in Wakefield, West Yorkshire
- Hemsworth in Wakefield
- Hickleton in Doncaster
- Hooton Roberts in Rotherham, South Yorkshire
- Mexborough in Doncaster
- Wales in Rotherham
Paul Griffiths, Phase 2 Development Director for HS2 told the BBC that the Secretary of State asked HS2 Ltd to look into other parkway station sites to “spread the benefits”. This is contrast to other parts of the route, where the government viewed extra stations as reducing the benefits.
What’s not clear to us is whether this would be as well as or instead of the spur into central Sheffield.
Meanwhile, in the House of Lords report stage of HS2 yesterday, a number of peers expressed concerns at the increasing cost of HS2. In particular Lord Bradshaw pointed out that if the costs of Phase 1 were not managed carefully then there wouldn’t be any money for building Phase 2.