• Doncaster Chamber comments on HS2 speculation

    Responding to reports on the unpublished Oakervee Review, Dan Fell, Chief Executive at Doncaster Chamber, said:

    “In the election campaign the Government talked extensively about the need to level up the country and invest in the North of England.  A good way of delivering this would be by delivering a parity of investment in infrastructure projects across the UK.  The South is not being asked to pick between HS2, projects such as Cross Rail and investment in existing railways.  It is not enough to offer the North only some of the pieces of the jigsaw.  The North of England needs HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and transformative regional projects such as Railway Station at Doncaster Sheffield Airport.  If we want to connect businesses and people to opportunities, it is important that all of these projects – and many more – are delivered in the North of England.

    “Finally, it is important that this debate recognises that the benefits of investment in the North’s railways goes far beyond just improving connectivity.  Railway engineering is a core part of Doncaster’s economy; endless policy paralysis and reversing previously made decisions will inevitably take its toll on business confidence and investment plans in the sector.  This indecision must stop and Government must move at pace to deliver its promised investment in the North’s railways.”

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