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Wombwell 'Best Placed' To Benefit From HS2

Tuesday October 8 2013




WOMBWELL is best placed to benefit from the knock-on effects of a high speed rail station in Meadowhall, a council officer has said.

Kate Faulkes, manager for the South Area council which covers Wombwell, Darfield, Hoyland Milton and Rockingham, made the comments at a meeting of the Wombwell Community Alliance.

Rachael Blake, of HS2 Ltd, had spoken on the potential benefits of the high speed train line, which will connect Meadowhall with London via Birmingham - at a cost of £42.6billion to the public purse.

However, the hard sell was not bought by Cllr Dick Wraith, who questioned whether Wombwell would benefit from any of the investment travelling north from London, arguing this would instead flow to Sheffield and Leeds and that the money would be better spent improving links with Doncaster.

But Kate responded by pointing out Wombwell and the rest of the South Area was well-placed to benefit indirectly via the junction 36 development - a proposed enterprise zone on the Dearne Valley Parkway.

She said: "Links to the junction 36 development area will edge up to Barnsley if the hub (HS2 train station) is at Meadowhall. This part of the borough is best served to benefit from these changes."

Speaking after the meeting, she added: "There's a big push for an enterprise zone at the bottom of the Dearne Valley Parkway, where it meets the M1. If the hub station is at Meadowhall, that's only a 10-minute drive away, which is going to attract businesses.

"People may think the benefits aren't going to come near us but the reach will be much wider than they might imagine."

The final decision on whether HS2 goes ahead will not be made by Parliament until after the 2015 general election. A six-month consultation is taking place until the end of January. An information day will held at Barnsley Town Hall on November 2 between 10am and 5pm.

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Reply Posted by king louis on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 14:29
don't link anything with Dearne Vally Parkway Nr the M1.. My daughter has just got a job on the Shortwood roundabout the 2nd from the motorway and there is no footpath to the industrial estate from either the motorway end or Platts Common roundabout, their is no bus route either and as a 19 year old the only option to get to this growing industrial estate is by taxi... Thats the kind of forward planning we've come to expect from Barnsley MBC

Reply Posted by eeuurrgh on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 14:32
Would it not make more sense to have it go through a large town, such as Barnsley, rather than a shopping centre which is only a few miles from Sheffield (where another high speed station will be)? Or even both? Barnsley's train links, for a town of it's size, are pathetic in comparison to other similar sized towns nearby like Chesterfield and Doncaster who have links to London and Scotland. Before improving services to places which already have direct links to London, perhaps they should look at giving links to places which don't have them, such as Barnsley?

Reply Posted by noH2 on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 14:46
Knocking 20 minutes off the journey time from Leeds to London is not going to matter one iota, unless there are major cash incentives businesses are not going to come to Barnsley.

Reply Posted by john briscoe on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 15:31
In ten years time when major railway stations are secure with searches like in airports the 20 minutes will be lost completely... it said the £42.6 billion (estimate) will shave 14 minutes from a journey to Birmingham which even today can be lost waiting for a taxi at the train station or getting two stop lights together when leaving the station..... Yeah the £42billion that will no doubt become £116 billion is well spent, sure it is

Reply Posted by stan on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 16:11
I dont care a toss because as I am in my 70s I don't think I will benefit too much from it

Reply Posted by STEVO on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 16:56
HS2 is an absolute waste of time, effort and money and to claim that Wombwell in particular will benefit directly from HS2 is a ridiculous statement.

Fair play to Councillor Wraith though, for a Labour councillor he seems rather decent.

Reply Posted by lee c on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 19:15
lol, your spot on stan...........out of approx 225000 people in barnsley, no one will benefit.

Reply Posted by mae brussel on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 23:34
The people who believe these stories
also believe in black holes and father christmas.
All three cost billions with no real end

Reply Posted by , on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 23:52
The trains a waste of money

Reply Posted by rainbow on Wednesday October 9 2013 at 09:08
Currently the railways are subsidised by the government, for every £2 paid by passengers £1 is paid by the government. No wonder people like Richard Branson are behind HS2 they cant lose, tax payers pay for the installation and running costs and their shareholders reap all the benefits.??? HS2 is a huge con that will bring no benefits to South Yorkshire.

Reply Posted by Collet on Sunday October 13 2013 at 18:21
Well said Rainbow,why can't we have a fast track from Scarborough to Blackpool,am sure that would be better for us up north.?

Reply Posted by Gandy on Monday October 21 2013 at 12:32
Wombwell Lane (near the new Halfords) will be shut for a very long time, there will be huge increases in traffic due to the construction work being undertaken on either side of Wombwell Lane - how on earth will this benefit Wombwell - it will be completely cut off from Barnsley and dont get me started about the poor folk of Blacker Hill !