TRANSPORT EXECUTIVE BOARD
Thursday 6 April 2017
Venue: Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield
Time: 2.00 pm
Welcome and Apologies
Minutes and Actions of the Previous
1 - 6
Declarations of Interest
7 - 48
Transport Strategy Progress Update
Northern Rail Plans for Modernisation
Update on Transport for the North -
49 - 68
Strategic Transport Plan
Actions & Forward Planning
Agree Actions & Summary for Resolution
Business Plan Dashboard Update
69 - 74
Any Other Business
DATE OF NEXT MEETING – 18TH MAY 2017
SCR TRANSPORT EXECUTIVE BOARD
23rd FEBRUARY 2017
SHEFFIELD TOWN HALL
Welcome and Apologies
Cllr Julie Dore, SCC - CHAIR
Martin McKervey, Nabarro / LEP
Simon Carr, Henry Boot / LEP
In Attendance / Advisory Members
Damien Wilson, RMBC
Matt Gladstone, BMBC
Neil Firth, DMBC
Tom Finnegan-Smith, SCC
Jim Seymour, DCC
Mark Lynam, SCR Exec Team
Craig Tyler, Joint Authorities Governance Unit
+ Gareth Finch (Peel) for item 5 and Rich Marshall (Highways
England) for item 6
Apologies were received from Board Members Cllr John Burrows
(CBC), Diana Terris (BMBC), Neil Taylor (BaDC) + Steve Edwards
(SYPTE), Katie Jackson (SCC / SCR Exec Team), Peter Dale
(DMBC) and Mike Ashworth (DCC)
Minutes of the Previous Meeting
The minutes of the previous meeting held on 12th January were
agreed to be an accurate record.
Declarations of Interest
No declarations noted.
Urgent Items / Announcements
Doncaster Sheffield Airport Rail Station
The Board received a presentation on the ambitions for a rail station
The presentation covered the economic case for a station, the
background to the project and previous iterations, the various
economic benefits to the wider City Region and other partners,
comparative information regarding rail station provision at other UK
airports, the route refinement objectives and business case
The Board was advised of other benefits the station would create
include the mitigation of the need or a £20m rail bridge at Rossington
and the alleviation of congestion at Doncaster Station. It was further
noted Network Rail have commented favourably on the plan,
referring to it as ‘innovative and exciting’, comments mirrored by the
It was noted the primary issue to address will be how the initial
business case development, and then the actual station itself will be
funded and it was suggested a package of support will be needed to
bring the project to fruition.
It was suggested that sources of funding to be considered for
business case development could be DfT Large Local Major funding
or HS2 Growth Strategy funding.
It was noted the airport is classed as a major investment opportunity
in the SCRIIP.
It was suggested that whilst the argument for the station had been
won locally, a major issue will be the lack of due recognition the
airport has across the north and nationally, noting that the airport is
not sufficiently referenced in the National Aviation Policy. A new
communications approach will therefore be needed to address this
situation and ensure DSA is appropriately championed by TfN and
It was noted the wider DSA vision will be presented to the next IEB
RESOLVED, that the Board notes its continued support for the
ambition to realise an East Coast Mainline station at DSA
Highways England Update
The Board welcomed Rich Marshall from Highways England who
delivered a presentation on Highways England’s recent history, new
objectives and medium term plans for the Yorkshire and North East
region focussing on planned South Yorkshire schemes in particular.
It was noted Highways England now has 5 strategic objectives; to
develop a safe and sustainable network, to support economic
growth, to create a freer flowing network, an improved environment
and an accessible and integrated network.
These objectives are to be achieved through the delivery of Road
Investment Strategy (RIS) vehicles with 5 year timeframes (RIS1 to
2010) which list discrete schemes including 14 schemes in RIS1 for
the Yorkshire and North East Region at a cost of £1.4bn.
A question was raised regarding what engagement is in place
between Highways England and HS2 Ltd to discuss the HS2
Parkway Station ambition. It was noted this matter would be
addressed at the next HS2 Programme Board meeting.
It was noted that Highways England now has a clearer ambitions
around the creation of collaborative working relationships with its
partners to deliver value for money and promote best practise.
Opportunities for more engagement are therefore welcomed.
It was acknowledged air quality issues remain a subject requiring
Modelling Tools – Request for Change and Update
A paper was received to clarify the scope of the work and provide an
updated spend profile for the delivery of SCR’s Strategic Testing
Tools (approved by the CA on 28/10/16).
The Board was reminded the CA approved the expenditure of £3m
for consultants to build new modelling tools for appraising, at a
region-wide level and to Government standards, transport and other
major infrastructure schemes coming forward for funding, both from
SCR and DfT, the new tools including a transport model and a land
use model which will replace existing versions that are time-expired.
The report provided a summary of progress made to date.
It was noted the spend profile for these tools has been refined as
work has progressed. It is now expected that they can be delivered
with a reduced budget and the Board was ask to endorse a reduction
in the funding allocation of £0.9m
It was confirmed the models will be available for use by the districts
for local modelling purposes.
Further information was requested in respect of what the ongoing
maintenance liabilities of the models will be, noting the costs quoted
to-date are only for the capital outlay for the development of the
Action: Mark to enquire and provide further information
The Board discussed the need for modelling proportionality protocols
going forward with a focus on testing strategic plans and options
rather than undertaking detailed modelling for individual schemes
which, it was suggested, might be prohibitively expensive.
Action: Mark to feedback the Board’s comments to the project
RESOLVED, that the Board endorse the revised spend profile
and reduction in the funding allocation of £0.9m.
A report was received setting out the context of the current HS2 Ltd
route consultation and the proposed content of the SCR response.
The draft response was attached as an appendix to the report.
It was noted the findings of the mitigation study will be appended to
the consultation response. The Board was provided with information
regarding the findings and informed these would be discussed in
detail at the next HS2 Programme Board.
It was noted the response’s reference to 2 trains per hour is in
relation to the figures quoted in the HS2 Command Paper (less than
the 4-6 trains originally conceived). It was suggested it may still be
appropriate to push back on this matter via the response.
It was confirmed the response takes account of past discussions on
a number of contentious issues.
It was suggested the section on HS2’s relevance to international
connectivity should be expanded and strengthened.
Martin advised the Board of a private sector led HS2 event taking
place in Sheffield on 2nd March.
Action: Martin to send details to Mark for circulation.
Action: ALL to provide comments on the draft to Mark by
Tuesday 28th February
RESOLVED, that the Board agrees the approach being taken to
the HS2 consultation response, approves the draft response at
Appendix A for submission (subject to any further comments to
be received by the above deadline) and delegates authority to
the Chair to agree any final amendments before the 9th March
An update was provided on the Strategy’s development.
It was noted a draft prospectus will be presented to the next TEB
meeting. This will help generate debate and will set out the strategy’s
national, regional and local tiers.
It was noted the intention is to complete work on the prospectus by
the end of April to ensure this work can feed into the SEP refresh.
The Strategy’s conditional outputs will then be developed in June
and public consultation will be undertaken in September.
Transport for the North Freight Strategy
A report was received to update the Board on work to date by
Transport for the North (TfN) in relation to freight transport across the
It was noted the local context for this work is that improvements to
the efficiencies of freight movements will assist the SCR districts and
their partners in delivering economic growth and supporting local
The group discuss the wider pan-thematic benefits afforded by an
effective freight strategy.
RESOLVED, that the Board notes the work done to date and the
next steps of TfN’s Freight Workstream and notes the intention
to feed local freight transport issues into the TfN Strategic
Transport Plan process
Provided for information
Any Other Business
1) TransPennine Matters
The Board was informed of work with colleagues in Greater
Manchester to develop a ‘soft comms’ plan the continuation of
lobbying for trans-Pennine connectivity improvements (including
options for tunnelling).
Date of Next Meeting
6th April, 2.00pm at Sheffield Town Hall
TRANSPORT EXECUTIVE BOARD
6th APRIL 2017
Purpose of Report
This report provides an update to the Transport Executive Board on recent Sheffield City Region
(SCR) work in relation to the Government’s High Speed Rail 2 (HS2) project and the current position of
the project at a national and regional level.
2. Facilitate and proactively support growth amongst existing firms.
3. Attract investment from other parts of the UK and overseas, and improve our brand.
4. Increase sales of SCR’s goods and services to other parts of the UK and abroad.
5. Develop the SCR skills base, labour mobility and education performance.
6. Secure investment in infrastructure where it will do most to support growth.
Freedom of Information
Members are recommended to agree to:
• the continuation of the HS2 work programme as set out in the report;
• the submission of the Mitigation Study to HS2 Ltd;
• the consideration of revised governance arrangements once the final route is announced.
In November 2016, the Government published a Command Paper on its High Speed 2
(HS2) rail scheme, confirming its preferred route and station locations for Phase 2b, which
is the route between Crewe and Manchester on the western leg and between the West
Midlands and Leeds on the eastern leg. The Command Paper launched a consultation on
the proposed route refinements, including the section between Derbyshire and West
Yorkshire, and also on the proposed property compensation schemes. The two
consultations ran for 16 weeks until 9th March 2017.
This report summarises the SCR consultation response that was submitted on 8th May and
also updates TEB on the other HS2 work streams, including the Growth Strategy, Benefits
Realisation, Mitigation Study, Parkway and Connectivity Study. It also provides an update
on timescales and governance.
SCR Response to Phase 2b Route Refinement Consultation
SCR submitted a response to the HS2 Phase 2b Route Refinement Consultation on behalf
of the Combined Authority (CA) and Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). A copy of the
response is attached as Appendix A. This response was agreed by Leaders of all the CA
The response reiterated SCR’s strong support for the HS2 serving the city region and the
connectivity and economic benefits that this project will generate for the city region.
However, the response made clear that the response does not constitute support or
objection to the revised route. The response also made clear that any comments on the
SCR requirements in relation to the Government’s preferred route were subject to this
route being approved, and not an indication of support for it.
The response went on the set out in more detail the wider benefits that HS2 will bring to
the city region and its importance to supporting the aims of the Northern Powerhouse to
achieve transformational economic growth and improved connectivity. As such, the
response emphasised the importance of integrating HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail
(NPR), particularly in relation to the ‘northern loop’ and junction to allow NPR and HS2
trains to join the main HS2 line and provide high speed services between Leeds and
In addition to stressing the importance of the ‘northern loop’ and junction at Clayton, the
response stated SCR’s strong support for the proposed parkway station on the main HS2
line, and a stop at Chesterfield, to ensure the wider city region is able to access HS2
services. The response also emphasised the need for infrastructure upgrades on the
Midland Mainline, at Sheffield station and on the Dearne Valley line to ensure HS2 and
NPR services can be accommodated without any detrimental impact on existing ‘classic’
Finally, the response stressed the importance of HS2 in relation to international
connectivity, including links to Doncaster Sheffield Airport; the benefits of ‘building from the
north’, the need for electrification of the ‘northern loop’ and Midland Mainline; and good
quality electric rolling stock.
In response to concerns about the adverse impact of the revised ‘eastern route’ in a
number of locations, SCR commissioned a Mitigation Study to examine the potential for
minor route or design modifications to minimise the impact on communities. This study has
now concluded and has suggested options for minor modifications in two of the six
locations examined. It is proposed that this report will be presented to HS2 Ltd for their
consideration, making it clear that SCR does not necessarily endorse it.
HS2 Parkway and Connectivity Study and Northern Loop
HS2 Ltd. have been undertaking a South Yorkshire Parkway and Connectivity Study
independently of the recent route refinement consultation. This study is evaluating
potential locations for the proposed parkway station on the main HS2 eastern route
through SCR. It is also evaluating the potential to extend HS2 trains north from Sheffield to
serve other destinations in the city region such as Barnsley and Rotherham.
The study has identified eight potential locations for a parkway station and these have now
been reduced to a shortlist of four. The economic and connectivity benefits of these
locations along with their cost and feasibility are now being examined.
HS2 Ltd expect to conclude the study in May 2017 and present their findings to the
Government. They will also arrange another stakeholder briefing session to brief SCR
partners in advance of May. It will be important for SCR to consider the findings carefully
and agree on a preferred location that we can then encourage the Government to include
in the Phase 2b Hybrid Bill, due to be finalised by the end of 2017.
Alongside the study, HS2 is working closely with Network Rail and Transport for the North
on planning for the northern junction to connect the Dearne Valley line to the HS2 line at
Clayton, allowing NPR and HS2 services to operate between Sheffield and Leeds and
meet NPR outputs in terms of journey times and service levels. SCR is engaging with TfN
and Network Rail as this work progresses to ensure provision for the northern junction is
included in the Hybrid Bill.
HS2 Growth Strategy and Benefits Realisation
The Government, through the Department for Communities and Local Government
(DCLG), is awarding £1.25m in funding to each city region, or ‘place’, that has an HS2
station in order to develop and implement a local HS2 Growth Strategy. The funding is
intended to ensure that each city region is in a position to secure maximum economic
benefit from HS2, both during the construction phase and once it opens.
The Government’s HS2 Command Paper issued on 15th November 2016 announced the
allocation of £1.25m in Growth Strategy funding to Sheffield City Region. This funding will
be allocated in two tranches of £625,000. The first tranche will be used to develop a
Growth Strategy for the wider SCR while the second tranche will be used to develop
detailed masterplans for each of the HS2 stations in the region. SCR submitted its
proposal for tranche 1 of the Growth Strategy funding to the DCLG on 8th February 2017,
and this is attached as Appendix B. SCR received a letter from the DCLG confirming the
funding allocation on 20th March.
Work is now commencing on the Growth Strategy work programme, in consultation with
the DCLG. Tranche 1 will cover the following work packages:
WP1. Developing the Economic Evidence Base
WP2. Establishing the Wider Connectivity Requirements
WP3. Developing Concept Masterplans
WP4. Developing a Business Support, Skills and Employment Package
WP5. Developing a Communication and Engagement Plan
WP6. Interim Progress Report
WP7. Strategy Development.
Draft consultancy briefs have been prepared for work packages 1 and 2 and these will be
commissioned shortly. Work is also underway on scoping the requirements for work
packages 4 and 5. SCR will be leading on these work packages. Sheffield City Council will
be leading on the concept master-planning for Sheffield Midland station while Chesterfield
Borough Council are leading on the master-planning and connectivity study for
Chesterfield station as part of the East Midlands Growth Strategy.
An officer Task and Finish Group with members from all the SCR constituent authorities
has been established and will meet for the first time on 7th April. This group will oversee the
Growth Strategy work programme and report to the SCR HS2 Programme Board. TEB will
also be kept updated on progress. Tranche 1 of the Growth Strategy needs to be
completed by July 2017, when the tranche 2 funding for detailed station master-planning
will be released.
Alongside the Growth Strategy work, HS2 Ltd. are leading a benefits realisation work
stream to identify and assess the benefits that will arise in each ‘place’ from HS2. SCR will
be engaging with HS2 Ltd. in this work stream and ensuring that it is integrated with the
Growth Strategy work. The second meeting of the Task and Finish group will consider
benefits realisation in more detail.
Governance and Timescales
The SCR HS2 Programme Board will continue to meet monthly during the year to oversee
the various HS2 work streams and receive updates from HS2 Ltd. This board in turn will
report to TEB and the CA on matters of more strategic significance. As mentioned earlier,
a Growth Strategy Task and Finish Group has been established to oversee the work of the
To date, the HS2 Programme Board has led the work on behalf of the city region.
However, once the final route is announced by the Secretary of State in July, there will be
a need to review the governance structure so that it is best placed to ensure SCR secures
the maximum benefits from HS2.
A final decision on the Phase 2b route is expected to be announced by the Government in
July 2017, following a review of the consultation responses. This route will then feed into
the draft Hybrid Bill, which will then be submitted to parliament for scrutiny in 2019.
There are no legal implications arising from this report.
There are no legal implications arising from this report.
6.3 Risk Management
There are no risks arising directly from the report but it is important that SCR continues to
state the case for HS2 to serve the city region and to ensure the city region gets maximum
benefit from the scheme so that it doesn’t lose out in terms of economic growth and
6.4 Equality, Diversity and Social Inclusion
There are no direct equality, diversity and inclusion implications arising from this report.
However, the Growth Strategy and Benefits Realisation work streams will seek to ensure
that all sections of the community benefit from the economic benefits of HS2.
SCR will continue to ensure that it expresses support for HS2 and gets the best outcome
for the City Region from the current proposals. The Communications and Engagement
work package of the Growth Strategy will ensure that the benefits and opportunities of HS2
are conveyed across the city region.
Appendix A – SCR response to HS2 Ltd. Phase 2b Route Refinement Consultation.
Appendix B – SCR Growth Strategy Tranche 1 funding proposal
Strategic Rail Officer
Mark Lynam, Interim Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs
Organisation Sheffield City Region Executive Team
Telephone 0114 220 3445
Background papers used in the preparation of this report are available for inspection at: 11 Broad
Street West, Sheffield S1 2BQ
8 March 2017
Sir David Higgins
High Speed Two Ltd
Snow Hil Queensway
Dear Sir David,
Re: HS2 Phase 2b Route Refinement Consultation
Please find our response to the current HS2 Phase 2b Route Refinement Consultation on
behalf of Sheffield City Region Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership below.
Sir Steve Houghton on behalf of SCR CA
Sir Nigel Knowles on behalf of SCR LEP
Sheffield City Region response to HS2 Phase 2b
Route Refinement Consultation November 2016
Sheffield City Region supports HS2 and its aim to relieve capacity constraints,
improve journey times, address poor connectivity, and help to rebalance our
As such, SCR leaders wish to see the project achieve the greatest possible level of
job creation, connectivity and rail service, which delivers maximum economic growth
benefits to the city region as a whole.
Although SCR constituent authority leaders are agreed that HS2 is important for the
future growth of the City Region, this response does not constitute support or
objection to the Phase 2b route currently being consulted upon. Our constituent
local authorities have differing opinions on the most advantageous route, and will be
responding individually with their views on matters of local and regional interest.
Although we recognise that the Government has considered two options for the
route through South Yorkshire, this response sets out what SCR would expect to
see included in the proposals if the Government are minded to proceed with their
preferred route option. This includes ensuring that disruption to homes and
communities is minimised and that local communities are fully engaged at all stages
of the route development.
Sections 2-4 of the response set out the wider case for HS2 to serve SCR and some
of the key outcomes that we would like to see for the City Region, while section 5
addresses the specific consultation questions relating to SCR.
2. The strategic economic case for HS2
HS2 will bring a major boost to the City Region’s economy. A study produced by
JMP/Systra for the HS2 East Consortium in 2016 on the wider economic impacts of
the HS2 eastern leg estimated that the SCR would produce an additional £107m in
GDP per annum.
The SCR Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), currently being refreshed, sets an
ambitious target to increase GVA within the City Region by 10% or £3.2bn, create
70,000 new jobs, 6,000 net new businesses and at least 70,000 new homes by
2025. Improving productivity and attracting more high value jobs is key to economic
growth in the SCR. Achieving this ambition will strengthen SCR’s contribution to the
national economy, ensuring the City Region fulfils its key role within the Northern
To secure these outcomes we will deliver enhanced infrastructure, linked to HS2,
supporting an attractive environment for businesses and residents. Improved
transport infrastructure is key to unlocking and driving economic growth, spreading
the benefits across the City Region and fundamentally enabling our businesses to
invest and increase productivity.
The construction of this key national project also provides valuable opportunities
through the supply chain to local companies across the City Region, including within
our cluster of rail engineering expertise. It will also support increased investment and
jobs, better linking the SCR to other major economic centres in the South, Midlands
Furthermore, the location of the National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster
and the maintenance depot at Staveley offer significant opportunities for our
economy. In this regard, SCR is commencing work on its HS2 Growth Strategy to
ensure the region maximises the economic benefits that HS2 will bring.
3. Wider Connectivity benefits
HS2 must be considered as an integrated part of the wider rail network. In particular,
HS2 will support the development of the Northern Powerhouse and delivering the
Transport for the North (TfN) vision of a better-connected North. HS2 will be a key
element in the development of TfN’s Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) network of
more frequent and high speed rail services between the major cities of the North.
The two projects will have important synergies in Sheffield, where NPR routes to
Leeds and Newcastle should connect with HS2. However, in order to support NPR
and HS2 services between Sheffield and Leeds it is imperative that the northern loop
and junction is built, if the new route is accepted by Government.
Improving connections between key economic centres of the North will help drive
growth and productivity, rebalancing the UK economy and contributing an additional
£97bn to the UK economy by 2050.
HS2 also presents real opportunities to improve capacity on existing rail services
serving the SCR, through enhanced local connectivity. A study by the West
Yorkshire and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (2013) has estimated
that by improving existing rail services in this way the Sheffield and Leeds City
Regions will gain additional GVA benefits of between £300m and £800m per annum.
One of the key objectives of the recently launched SCR Infrastructure Investment
Plan (IIP) is to maximise the benefits of HS2 in the SCR by stimulating growth and
regeneration. The majority of growth in SCR is expected to be in the growth areas
and main urban centres. This can be best achieved if these growth areas are better
connected into the opportunities presented by HS2. One of the cornerstones of our
Growth Strategy will be to ensure that the whole of the SCR benefits from HS2
through improved connections and infrastructure.
4. HS2 serving SCR – our key requirements
SCR supports the route of maximum economic benefit. Should the Government’s
preferred route be accepted, these are our key requirements from HS2:
• Integration with Northern Powerhouse Rail
• Northern loop and junction
• Parkway station
• Infrastructure upgrades
• High quality electric trains
• International connectivity
• Building from the North.
SCR wants to ensure the City Region as a whole is well-served by HS2, while any
adverse impacts on communities and the environment are minimised. We therefore
remain strongly supportive of an HS2 station in Sheffield. In addition, should the
revised route be approved, we would support the proposal for a Parkway station and
a stop in Chesterfield. We also welcome and strongly support the commitment to
build the HS2 maintenance depot in Staveley near Chesterfield, and the National
College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster, which will both bring significant economic
benefits to the City Region.
Should the Government’s preferred route be approved, it is essential that the
northern loop from Sheffield northwards with a junction to the main HS2 line near
Clayton is built. This will support the Northern Powerhouse Rail objective for faster
journey times between Sheffield and Leeds and allow HS2 trains to continue north
from Sheffield to Leeds. It is important that, whichever route and station options are
approved, the SCR is well served by HS2 trains to as wide a range of destinations as
possible, complemented by NPR and improved local and regional services.
Further details of our HS2 requirements are set out below.
4.1 HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail – an integrated approach to creating a
high-quality rail network
HS2 offers an opportunity to integrate the complimentary aims of HS2 and TfN’s
Northern Powerhouse Rail programme to better connect Britain’s cities and promote
transformational growth. The proposal for a northern loop and junction in the vicinity
of Clayton, should the new eastern route be accepted, not only offers greater journey
opportunities for HS2 services, but is essential for this route to deliver journey times
between Sheffield and Leeds in under 30 minutes, a core aim of the Northern
Powerhouse Rail programme. SCR considers it to be imperative that provision for
the junction is included in the Phase 2b Hybrid Bill if this route option is progressed,
and as such we are working with Transport for the North to ensure that it has a
robust business case. HS2 Ltd need to continue to work closely with TfN to ensure
the work on the northern loop and junction are completed in time to feed into the
Work undertaken by Transport for the North as part of the NPR Programme in
October 2016 illustrated that it would not be possible to achieve regular fast services
between Sheffield and Leeds on the existing rail network without very significant
infrastructure interventions and disruption to current services. The provision of an
HS2 service north of Sheffield would offer an efficient and effective solution to
address this connectivity gap between two of the UK’s largest city regions.
Any northern loop and junction proposals should be designed to enable a
continuation of local rail services on the Dearne Valley Line which provide important
connectivity to employment and education for residents in this area. Similarly, whilst
continuing HS2 services beyond Sheffield eases the capacity pressure on Sheffield
Station in comparison to terminating and reversing services, the proposal should
complement, rather than be at the expense of existing classic rail services. The up-
grading of the Dearne Valley line is therefore required both to support faster journey
times for HS2 and NPR between Sheffield and Leeds and a growth in demand for
local rail services.
4.2 Parkway Station – connecting the wider region
If the Government choses to progress the current recommended route option, SCR
would expect the Government to commit delivery of a Parkway station on the revised
HS2 eastern route. A Parkway station would ensure that the eastern parts of the City
Region are also served by HS2 and can access services easily.
We would support a location that has good connectivity to existing road and rail lines
and is well located to serve the main population centres in the east of the region as
well as bring regeneration benefits. In this respect, it is important that the location is
closely linked to the SCR growth areas and Integrated Infrastructure Plan priorities.
The opportunity for the Parkway station to be served by NPR or other services is
also a consideration. Should the revised eastern route be approved we would expect
provision for a Parkway station and the additional track required to be included in the
Phase 2b Hybrid Bill, subject to the outcome of any consultation.
4.3 Infrastructure and Rolling Stock – modern and fit for purpose
We would expect all HS2 trains to be modern electric trains, and therefore expect the
whole HS2 line to be electrified. This would include the spur to Sheffeld Midland
should that option be approved, along with the ‘northern loop’ along the Dearne
Should the revised route be approved, we would also expect to see upgrades to the
Midland Mainline into Sheffield Midland and to the Dearne Valley line north out of
Sheffield as part of the ‘northern loop’. There would also be a need to upgrade
Sheffield Midland and Chesterfield stations and enhance capacity and passenger
circulation there. Platform lengths may need to be extended, as well as bridges
raised to accommodate electrification. We are currently working with TfN and
Network Rail to develop a plan for Sheffield Midland to be capable of
accommodating future demand, including NPR and HS2.
It is vital that any infrastructure upgrades required are progressed in a timely fashion
so that the network is ‘HS2-ready’ for when it opens in 2033. This requires adequate
planning and funding, in conjunction with Network Rail and Rail North.
4.4 International Connectivity
As part of Phase 1 of the HS2 scheme we consider that it is imperative that passive
provision is made for a connection between HS2 and HS1 in London to allow high
speed trains to operate directly between the continent and the Midlands / North at a
future date, as was originally proposed when HS1 was being planned.
Doncaster Sheffield Airport has ambitious growth plans, including the development
of a new rail station, and it is important that it is well connected into HS2. An HS2
Parkway station in the east of the region would be particularly well-placed to serve
the airport, should the proposed new eastern route be approved by the Government.
It is also important that a good connection is provided between HS2 and the
Heathrow Connect / Express services at Old Oak Common to enable HS2 to provide
an improved link between Heathrow and the Midlands and North avoiding the need
to travel into central London.
4.5 Building from the North - early wins
HS2 Ltd have indicated that that they could commence construction of the line from
Leeds southwards as an early stage of the construction programme. SCR, along with
Leeds City Region, would be supportive of this. If the Government progresses the
new recommended route, this should include the construction of the junction and link
onto the Dearne Valley Line from Sheffield, to allow early operation of NPR services
between Sheffield and Leeds. To support the construction programme, SCR would
welcome a commitment to use the site of the proposed Infrastructure Maintenance
Depot at Staveley as a base for construction activity ahead of developing the depot.
These steps would bring forward the economic and employment benefits of HS2 to
5. Response to Consultation Questions
5.1 Question 7 – Do you support the proposal to amend the route to serve
South and West Yorkshire?
We support a route which best serves the economic interests of the SCR and
provides the best connectivity across the whole region. The City Region does not
have an agreed preferred route.
Should the Government’s preferred route be accepted, SCR would expect the City
Region to be served by a similar level of HS2 services as proposed for the previous
5.2 Question 8 – Do you support the potential development of a northern
junction to enable high speed services stopping at Sheffield to continue
Should the revised eastern route be approved, with a spur to serve Sheffield, SCR
would strongly support the development of the northern junction to link a ‘northern
loop’ via the Dearne Valley line north of Sheffield back onto the main HS2 line to
Leeds. The delivery of the northern loop is essential to deliver integration with NPR
and maximise the economic benefits of the HS2 investment. As stated earlier, this
would allow both HS2 and NPR services to use the main HS2 line into Leeds,
resulting in faster journey times and meeting the NPR aspiration of a sub 30-minute
journey time between Sheffield and Leeds. Consequently, we see the northern
junction as an essential element in HS2 achieving its full potential, if the Government
approves the new recommended route.
Working with partners in Transport for the North, SCR would expect to see any such
infrastructure utilised for improved connectivity from Chesterfield and Sheffield to
York and Newcastle via Leeds and connecting the HS2 trains between Leeds and
Birmingham with Sheffield and Chesterfield, should the Government’s preferred
route be approved. Thus, the provision of a northern junction which provides a
‘northern loop’ for HS2 offers wider benefits across the country.
We would welcome a commitment from HS2 Ltd to fund the junction, should the
revised route be accepted. We would also expect to see a commitment from the
Government to fund the upgrades that would be required to the Dearne Valley line,
Erewash Valley line, Midland Mainline and Sheffield station as part of this route,
should it be approved. Given that the purpose of the northern loop is to facilitate
HS2 connections to Leeds, we believe that it should be committed to and funded as
part of the overall HS2 project. Likewise, a similar commitment to delivery and
funding of upgrading the Midland Mainline would also therefore be required.
5.3 Question 9 – Do you support the proposed location of the northern
junction in the vicinity of Clayton?
If the Government chooses to progress the current recommended route, the
provision of a grade separated junction at Clayton, and the upgrading and
electrification of the Dearne Valley line, offers opportunities for improved connectivity
and journey times between Sheffield and Leeds. It is important that the junction and
use of the Dearne Valley line by HS2 and NPR trains does not have an adverse
impact on local and regional services, which we would also like to see improved.
As Clayton is the point where the two lines would cross, and there are minimal
property impacts in this location, this would appear to be an appropriate location for
the junction. We would expect the junction to be designed so as to minimise the
visual impact on nearby properties in Clayton and the 12th Century Grade 2 listed All
Saints Church at Frickley.
We welcome the opportunity to respond to this consultation, and encourage the
Secretary of State to make a final decision on the route and station options for the
SCR as soon as possible. This will provide certainty, particularly for those residents
and businesses that will be affected by the route. A final decision will also allow long
term planning for the scheme and its economic benefits to commence, including the
development and implementation of our HS2 Growth Strategy.
We look forward to working closely with HS2 Ltd and our partners, through our HS2
Programme Board, in taking HS2 Phase 2b forward to approval and implementation
and achieving the best outcome for SCR.
Mark Lynam, Interim Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs, Sheffield City
Region Executive Team
Tel: 0114 220 3445
Fiona Boden, Interim Associate Director - Policy, Sheffield City Region Executive
Tel: 0114 220 3457
Alex Forrest, Strategic Rail Officer, Sheffield City Region Executive Team
Tel: 0114 220 3458
Post: Sheffield City Region, 11 Broad Street West, Sheffield S1 2BQ.
Sheffield City Region HS2 Growth Strategy
Submission to Government for the release of Tranche 1 funding
2. Realising the Benefits of HS2
3. HS2 in Sheffield City Region
4. Proposed Growth Strategy Approach
5. Work Programme
The Government’s High Speed 2 (HS2) rail project aims to build a stronger, more balanced
economy that delivers lasting growth and shared prosperity. It is set to re-shape the
geography of the UK and bring transformational improvements in journey times and
connectivity to the Sheffield City Region. It will create significant new capacity on the UK’s
rail network and an attractive alternative to the car for longer journeys. It will also bring a
major boost to the economic prosperity and success of the City Region, and it is important
that we are ready to take full advantage of these opportunities.
The Government, through the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG),
is awarding £1.25m funding to each city region, or ‘place’, that has an HS2 station in order
to develop and implement a local HS2 Growth Strategy. The funding is intended to ensure
that each region is in a position to secure maximum economic benefit from HS2, both during
the construction phase and once it opens.
The Government’s HS2 Command Paper issued on 15th November 2016 announced the
allocation of £1.25m in Growth Strategy funding to Sheffield City Region (SCR). This funding
will be allocated in two tranches of £625,000. The first tranche will be used to develop a
Growth Strategy for the wider SCR while the second tranche will be used to develop
detailed masterplans for each of the HS2 stations in the region.
This document is the SCR’s submission to Government for the release of the first tranche of
Growth Strategy funding. The second tranche will be released later in 2017 when the final
route and station locations are confirmed by the Government.
2. Realising the Economic Potential of HS2
Sheffield City Region (SCR) contains more than 1.8 million people and approximately 52,000
businesses, and supports approximately 700,000 jobs, generating an annual GVA of £30
billion. The SCR Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) sets an ambitious target to increase GVA
within the City Region by £3.2bn, create 70,000 net additional jobs, 6,000 net new
businesses and at least 70,000 new homes by 2025.
Achieving this ambition will strengthen SCR’s contribution to the national economy and its
key role within the Northern Powerhouse. Infrastructure is key to unlocking and driving
economic growth, fundamentally enabling our businesses to expand and increase
productivity. That is why we see rail, including both HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail
(NPR), as an essential element in supporting this economic activity and growth as rail
improves connectivity, opens up the labour markets and is critical to the success of
rebalancing the UK economy. A report produced in 2016 by JMP Systra for the HS2 East
Consortium on the wider economic impacts of the HS2 eastern leg estimated that the SCR
would gain an additional £107m in GDP per annum.
HS2 and NPR offer the opportunity to shift the emphasis away from London and allow the
Midlands, North West, Yorkshire and North East regions to thrive, whilst bringing them
closer together. HS2 will provide a step-change in rail capacity and connectivity and it will
also strengthen links between Sheffield and Leeds, a conditional outcome of NPR. The two
projects will have important synergies in Sheffield, where NPR routes to Manchester, Leeds
and Hull will connect with HS2. It is anticipated that the highest levels of passenger demand
for HS2 will come from commuters within high value, knowledge intensive jobs. Sheffield
City Centre is a key location for these sectors, underlying the importance of improving
connections between the key economic centres of the north as well as improving links to
London as it will ensure that the north’s economy becomes more integrated and stronger
through agglomeration benefits.
As our partners in Leeds City
Region have already
highlighted in their Growth
Strategy, a world class
transport system must better
connect the individual cities
and towns in the North, to
allow them to function as a
single economy. That is why
we will ensure that NPR is an
integral part of our Growth
Strategy to maximise the
connections beyond HS2.
Excellent connectivity across
the North will take the City
performance to the next level, bringing them together to help create the critical mass to
compete globally. That is also why we propose to work with our partners in Leeds City
Region to identify mutually beneficial opportunities for collaboration, especially in relation
to the location of the proposed South Yorkshire Parkway station and the northern loop
which has the potential to benefit communities in both regions. We consider the northern
loop as essential to provide for enhanced onward connectivity to Leeds and meet Transport
for the North’s (TfN) NPR conditional outcomes. We will be strongly encouraging TfN and
HS2 Ltd to ensure work on the northern loop is complete in time for inclusion within the
HS2 Hybrid Bill.
There are already projects underway which will begin to ensure that SCR benefits from HS2.
A National High Speed Rail College is being built in Doncaster and an HS2 maintenance
depot is planned at Staveley near Chesterfield. The National High Speed Rail College in
Doncaster will open in September 2017 and attract up to 2000 students at its peak. It will sit
alongside our existing world-class further and higher education providers in the region and
help to deliver one of the great legacies of HS2 – the next generation of railway engineers.
These are the young people that business needs to deliver HS2 and other rail projects and
drive growth in the region and across the UK.
HS2 will also provide a major boost for the SCR rail industry, which has more than 200
companies employing over 6,500 people, mainly in the Doncaster area. Doncaster is home
to a number of major rail manufacturing companies including DB Schenker, Wabtec, Volker
Rail and Hitachi. These major rail companies, as well as many other rail-related businesses,
could benefit both directly and indirectly from HS2, and it could attract other rail-related
businesses into the region in the future.
HS2 also presents real opportunities to add to work to improve capacity on existing rail
services serving the SCR, through released capacity on the Midland Mainline and East Coast
Mainline, and through enhanced local connectivity. A study by the West Yorkshire and
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport
Executives has estimated that by
improving existing services in this way
the Sheffield and Leeds City Regions will
gain additional benefits of between
£300m and £800m.
Our Growth Strategy will demonstrate
and identify how the positive effects of
HS2 and NPR will be felt across the
entire polycentric city region. It will
build upon the work already started in
the Integrated Infrastructure Plan (IIP)
to look at how intra-SCR connectivity
can be improved to take advantage of
the investment by HS2. One potential solution is shown in this diagram as an expanded
mass transit system linking key SCR growth locations.
That is also why SCR considers a parkway station, which would have the potential to
broaden the population catchment within easy reach of an HS2 station, as being so critical
to ensuring the region benefits economically from this infrastructure investment. Not least
because the location of such a parkway station could serve the wider Barnsley, Rotherham
and Doncaster catchment which has also been identified for significant housing and
Taking this into account, our approach to the Growth Strategy Tranche 1 is to understand
and maximise the benefits to ensure they are far reaching across the city region.
HS2 in Sheffield City Region
Since the HS2 eastern leg was first proposed, SCR has been working closely with HS2 Ltd and
our regional and local partners to ensure that the best possible route and station option is
selected for the region. Initially this involved a proposed station at Meadowhall on the main
HS2 line to Leeds. However, following a review of costs and technical feasibility, in July 2016
Sir David Higgins proposed in his South Yorkshire Options report that there were
considerable difficulties with the Meadowhall station and route.
Sir David Higgins’ report therefore proposed that the main station for HS2 services in South
Yorkshire should be at the existing Sheffield Midland station, served by a ‘classic-
compatible’ spur from the main HS2 line onto the Erewash Valley line and then the Midland
Mainline into Sheffield city centre. This would allow HS2 trains to potentially serve
Chesterfield. This would also allow the main HS2 line to be moved further east along the M1
and M18 through less built up and more favourable terrain. This is the route that is currently
out for consultation.
The Higgins report also raised the possibility of a northern loop out of Sheffield to the north
and a junction linking this back onto the main HS2 line, potentially at Clayton near Barnsley.
This would allow HS2 trains, and potentially NPR trains, serving Sheffield to continue north
to Leeds. The report also asked HS2 Ltd to investigate the feasibility of a parkway station on
the main HS2 line to serve the wider South Yorkshire region. SCR is currently working with
HS2 Ltd on its parkway study in order to ensure the location is strategically located to
benefit our key growth locations identified previously.
Alongside the officer level liaison with HS2 Ltd to discuss the route, stations and service
patterns for HS2 in SCR, we have been working with wider stakeholders to ensure that the
City Region is ‘HS2-ready’. This has included setting up a dedicated HS2 website and
engagement campaign called OnTrack4HS2, to communicate the positive benefits of HS2
and ensure businesses are ready to take advantages of it. This campaign has included
substantial media activity and engagement events. It is proposed to continue with this
campaign, but with a wider reach and greater emphasis on engagement, as part of the
In recognition that there are concerns that the proposed new HS2 eastern route will have a
significant impact on specific communities, SCR has commissioned a ‘mitigation study’ to
look into measure that could ameliorate this impact. The study accepts that this is the
Government’s preferred route but will examine whether there are opportunities for minor
‘tweaks’ to the route or design at five key locations in Rotherham and Doncaster where
there is a significant impact. The study is due to report in mid-February, and will inform the
formal SCR response to the current HS2 route consultation, which closes in early March.
SCR has been liaising closely with HS2 Ltd and the relevant local authorities on the location
for the proposed parkway station. At a recent meeting hosted by SCR, HS2 Ltd presented
eight potential locations and these will be sifted against their station criteria to come up
with a shortlist of three and eventually a preferred option. SCR is keen to see a parkway
station that will serve the wider region, and in particular those areas that are not so well
served by a station in Sheffield city centre. This will ensure that the economic and
connectivity benefits generated by HS2 are spread a widely as possible across the region,
and in particular that benefits accrue to some of the less economically buoyant areas of the
SCR is a member of the HS2 East consortium of local authorities and businesses on the
eastern leg of HS2. Since its formation, this consortium has been actively promoting the
benefits of the HS2 eastern leg and seeking to ensure the Government remains fully
committed to implementing it. This has included commissioning a report in 2016 on the
economic benefits that the eastern leg will generate, both for the regions it passes through
and for the wider UK economy. We will draw on this report’s findings in developing our
4. Proposed Growth Strategy Approach
SCR is currently refreshing its Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) and it is proposed to integrate
the HS2 Growth Strategy with this plan. This will enable efficiencies to be achieved in terms
of the evidence base work and ensure that HS2 is integrated with the wider SEP as well as
the refreshed SCR Transport Strategy to create a comprehensive strategic framework with
HS2 at the heart.
The SEP will draw upon a number of evidence base sources. This will include the HS2
economic base. In addition, the Transport Strategy will draw upon a number of evidence
sources which will include the connectivity requirements commission outlined below. The
SEP will then set out our headline economic objectives and a series of thematic conditional
outcomes required to achieve these objectives. One set of these conditional outcomes will
relate to transport and will define the core policies within the refreshed Transport Strategy.
We expect that a sub-set of these conditional outcomes will relate to HS2 and improved
connectivity to and from the proposed stations.
The following diagram outlines how the HS2 Growth Strategy work packages will interact
with the SEP refresh, from evidence base through to the production of the HS2 investment
and delivery plan (produced through SEP refresh funding).
SCR also published the first Integrated Infrastructure Plan (IIP) in November 2016, which
sets out the key infrastructure investment needed to bring forward our SEP growth areas. It
is anticipated that the current HS2 consultation route will directly affect a number of these
growth areas. These growth areas are shown on the following excerpt from the IIP.
As such it is proposed to utilise Growth Strategy funding to identify which of these growth
areas will likely benefit from the new route and then, alongside the station masterplans,
develop more detailed frameworks for each of these affected areas. These frameworks will
look in detail at the opportunities presented in each of those areas, identify the sequencing
of the infrastructure required and how the benefits of HS2 can be maximised in that
location. It will not seek to provide detailed station land use masterplans, as those will be
produced once the final route is confirmed.
5. Work Programme
When the Government announced the start of the formal route consultation through South
Yorkshire, it was indicated that SCR will receive £1.25m to help us develop a Growth
Strategy. Tranche 1 of this funding (£625k) will be allocated in early 2017, in advance of the
route being finalised, and the remaining £625k (Tranche 2) following the final route
announcement later in 2017. This section sets out our proposed work programme for the
delivery of an HS2 Growth Strategy for Sheffield City Region. 5.1 Summary of Growth Strategy Work Programme
Tranche 1: Maximising the Benefits of HS2 for Sheffield City Region (£625k)
Developing the economic evidence base for HS2 in Sheffield City Region, identifying
what the primary objectives of HS2 in the region should be, which locations and
sectors are most likely to benefit, how this could be realised including how we can
Establishing the wider connectivity requirements, in accordance with the SCR IIP, to
link these locations with HS2 and other key connectivity nodes such as Doncaster
Sheffield Airport and emerging Northern Powerhouse Rail proposals.
Producing concept masterplans for each of the locations which will benefit from HS2,
including the station locations proposed in the current route consultation and the
potential parkway station. This will build upon the existing spatial packages
identified in the Integrated Infrastructure Plan to scope out what infrastructure
interventions are required in that locality to unlock growth.
Based upon which sectors and location of businesses that are likely to benefit from
HS2, developing a package of support that can be put in place and be delivered
through existing SCR Growth Hub and Skills Bank arrangements.
In preparation of the route through South Yorkshire being confirmed later in the
year, a Communications and Engagement plan will be developed and resourced
which will aim to provide a co-ordinated approach to managing engagement with
An Interim Progress Report will be produced which will capture the outputs from the
Tranche 1 work packages and can be used to communicate this to stakeholders.
Programme management resource will oversee the development and delivery of the
Project delivery budget will enable some of the interventions and activities identified
in Tranche 1 to be pump primed to allow early wins.
Tranche 2: Development and Investment Opportunities (£625k)
Led by the relevant local authority, once the route through SCR has been confirmed,
detailed development masterplans for each of the stations locations. This will
include the preparation of a land strategy to assemble land prioritised for
development under public ownership in or around the station locations.
Development of a station investment strategy to identify how development and be
de-risked to create an investable proposition linked to the land strategy. This will
also include consideration of appropriate delivery vehicles.
Development of the Implementation and Investment Plan including business case
development, prioritisation and sequencing of interventions and delivery and
5.2. Tranche 1: Maximising the Benefits of HS2 for Sheffield City Region
Work Package 1.1 - Developing the Economic Evidence Base
The initial task in developing the Growth Strategy will be to assemble an up-to-date
evidence base in order to understand the opportunities and challenges created by HS2. This
will form part of the evidence base for the SEP refresh. The work will include:
Assessing the economic impact of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR), to provide
an overall narrative, create a base-case and to contribute to the business case
development for additional investment. This will include an assessment of not only
existing demand for rail services but also the potential to increase demand based upon
enhanced connectivity between London as well as northern Core Cities.
Assess the economic potential of HS2 and NPR, analysing how targeted interventions will
accelerate or improve that potential. To include estimates of potential benefits in terms
of sectors, supply chains, land value and GVA uplift, job growth, skills requirements and
Identify which locations across the City Region are more likely to benefit from the
enhanced connectivity which HS2 and NPR will provide, especially where these relate to
the spatial growth areas identified in the Integrated Infrastructure Plan.
Create a narrative about how HS2 and NPR will support development across the SCR and
beyond through connectivity to other key economies in the North and Midlands and thus
how they relate to the economic goals of the Northern Powerhouse.
Assess the growth potential for various scenarios including NPR but no HS2, NPR and
HS2, and with additional Growth Strategy interventions to stimulate transformational
growth. This will take into account the work done by consultants on developing the TfN
Integrated Rail Report which assessed four potential long term rail growth scenarios.
Work Package 1.2 - Establishing Wider Connectivity Requirements
This work package will identify the connectivity improvements that are required to ensure
the wider region is well-connected to HS2 and NPR and fully able to take advantage of the
benefits that it will bring. This work will have to make some assumptions about station
locations i.e. that the main SCR station is likely to be at Sheffield Midland, with a stop at
Chesterfield and a potential parkway station in the east of the region. In terms of the
parkway station the work will consider the potential shortlisted locations identified by HS2
Ltd and make an assessment of the connectivity position and requirements for these
locations. In doing this we will take advice from HS2 Ltd on confidentiality and also ensure
we are synchronised with their sifting process and timetable, and recognise that a final
decision is yet to be made by the Secretary of State following the completion of the HS2
This work will inform the refresh of the SCR Transport Strategy and will also feed into the
more detailed station master-planning in Tranche 2. The work will include:
Considering the need for enhanced local rail services to feed into HS2 services, and for
improved bus services and interchange and road access. It will also consider
opportunities that will arise from released capacity on the Midland Mainline and East
Access to and from the key areas of likely demand for HS2 services, both in terms of
residential areas of demand and business / visitor demand. Connectivity is important for
both SCR residents and businesses to access HS2 and for people arriving into the region
by HS2 to reach their onward destination quickly and easily so that the time savings
from HS2 are not lost.
An emphasis on linking the region’s major town and city centres and key growth areas
into HS2, focussing particularly on those that are closest to HS2 stations and those
where there are specific HS2-related opportunities, such as the rail industry cluster in
Considering how HS2 will link into and complement NPR services, and the relevant
infrastructure requirements for this, particularly the Northern Loop and junction. Work Package 1.3 – Developing Concept Masterplans
We will commission a high-level development framework for each station location as well as
those areas which work package 1.1 identified as having the potential to benefit from HS2.
In the case of the station locations, these would effectively be a concept masterplan, as
precursor to the detailed masterplan to be produced in due course by a development
partner as part of Tranche 2 once the final route has been confirmed. As such, this work will
At the station locations, the identification of a long-term transport hub solution that
provides value for money and adequate capacity for future pedestrian flow – including
passenger interchange between rail, other modes and the surrounding streets, as well as
non-passengers i.e. those visiting the station as a destination and those passing through
Consideration of its integration with the urban context to create an attractive place and
destination as well as building on the connectivity work undertaken as part of work
package 1.2 to ensure people can get to and from each station location.
Linking with the implementation of the Integrated Infrastructure Plan, to assist with the
development of strategic business cases for each relevant spatial growth area where
they are identified as having the potential to benefit from HS2.
Develop designs, delivery and business cases for each of the interventions around the
stations and in the other locations which will benefit from HS2 connectivity, identifying
the most appropriate financing route.
Work Package 1.4 - Developing a Business Support, Skills and Employment Package
This work package will identify the interventions that are required to ensure that businesses
in the SCR are HS2-ready and fully aware of the opportunities that will arise from HS2. This
will include identifying any assistance that is required to help businesses and employers to
take full advantage of HS2, including providing information about HS2 contracts and supply-
chain opportunities. The work will include:
Through the existing SCR Skills Bank, ensuring that the region’s workforce is fully aware
of the employment and skills opportunities that will arise from HS2, both directly and
indirectly. This will include promotion of the National College for High Speed Rail in
Doncaster and the training opportunities that will provide as well as the employment in
the construction and operation of HS2.
Development of a skills and supply chain action plan. This will take an action-orientated
approach to building the plan – engaging with relevant organisations to understand the
scale of the opportunity for the region, influencing procurement in second and third tier
suppliers, encouraging innovation, providing a pipeline of opportunity as well as the
barriers and challenges to be overcome and the interventions needed with options for
how to fund them.
Work Package 1.5 – Developing a Communication and Engagement Plan
The Communication and Engagement Plan will ensure that the benefits HS2 will bring to the
SCR are communicated widely, targeting those sectors and stakeholders that are likely to
benefit most. It will also focus on maximising stakeholder engagement in the HS2 project in
the region and in the development and implementation of the Growth Strategy. The
Communication and Engagement Plan will build on SCR’s successful ‘On-Track4HS2’
communications and engagement campaign. This work will include:
Raising awareness of the economic benefits of HS2 and positively influencing attitudes
amongst the SCR business community and other key stakeholders, including residents
and potential inward investors.
Ensuring that key stakeholders are actively engaged in the development and
implementation of the Growth Strategy and the wider planning for HS2 in the region.
Influencing key decisions makers locally and nationally in order to ensure that SCR is able
to maximise the benefits of HS2 to the region’s economy.
Linked with the support package, ensure that the SCR business community is made
aware of and able to access the range of potential business, skills and supply chain
opportunities resulting from the HS2 project both locally and nationally.
Work Package 1.6 - Interim Progress Report
As part of the conclusion of Tranche 1, it is proposed to produce an interim report
summarising the findings so far, bringing together all the other HS2 work, and setting out
the predicted benefits and opportunities. This statement will be used as part of the
Communications and Engagement plan to engage with as wide a range of stakeholders as
possible. Work Package 1.7 - Strategy Development
At the Tranche 1 stage, it is likely that a number of projects or interventions will be
identified requiring a small amount of pump priming in order to get them underway. This
budget will be reserved for this purpose or to supplement other identified activity, including
delivery and implementation planning, once costs are confirmed. This also includes a
programme management resource to oversee the development of the strategy. 5.3. Tranche 2: Development and Investment Opportunities
Work Package 2.1 – Station Development Masterplans
Building upon the concept masterplans produced in Tranche 1, it is expected that local
authorities where the stations are located will work with identified development partners to
produce detailed station development masterplans. This will also involve a strategic land
strategy which is critical to maximising land value capture as well as controlling the quality
and pace of regeneration at the station locations. Confirmation of the HS2 route along with
NPR proposals will generate an enhanced interest in the station locations. This work will
A strategy with the objective of assembling land for prioritised development under
public sector control, maximising the pace, quality and value of regeneration.
Building on existing public sector land opportunities, identify construction sites for
development at the station and in the surrounding area.
Collaboration with D2N2 LEP on proposals at Chesterfield Station to ensure there is
clarify as to who leads on the work at that location, looking at joint funding
Work Package 2.2 - Station Investment Strategy
Creating and de-risking development opportunities by pulling together a station land
strategy will create a more attractive investable proposition. In addition, clarity on the
potential delivery vehicles for specific interventions will be required at each station location.
This work will include:
Consideration of delivery vehicles already in place at other HS2 stations, in order to
learn from the work already underway and apply best practice to HS2 stations in
Identify potential investment models for the interventions identified in the station
regeneration frameworks and strategic business plans, linked to the next stage of
the Integrated Infrastructure Plan (IIP) work.
Work Package 2.3 - Implementation and Investment Plan
Developing an Implementation and Investment Plan for the Growth Strategy that sets out
the interventions required and to be programmed over the 15-year period until HS2 Phase 2
opens in 2033. This will include outline business cases for interventions, prioritisation and
sequencing, funding and finance, and delivery mechanisms and partners. It will cover both
capital investment in infrastructure and revenue investment for public transport service
improvements and business support. This will include investment planned or expected to be
made by third parties to support the SCR Growth Strategy. Work Package 2.4 - Strategy Implementation
At the Tranche 2 stage, it is likely that a number of projects will be identified requiring a
small amount of pump priming in order to get them underway. This project delivery budget
will be reserved for this purpose or to supplement other identified activity once costs are
confirmed. This also includes a programme management resource to oversee the
implementation of the strategy.
5.4. Summary Financial Table
Gov’t Contribution SCR / Partner
75,000 (SEP Refresh)
Business Support, Skills
76,740 (in-kind staff
76,740 (in-kind staff
1. SEP Refresh and Transport Strategy contributions relate to the total amount being
spent on those commissions.
2. All figures are indicative and subject to change as work progresses.
5.5 Growth Strategy Timescales
• Submission of Funding Proposal to DCLG
Feb 2017 • Release of Tranche 1 funding
• Commencement of Tranche 1 work programme
• Develop Evidence Base to feed into SEP refresh
• Develop Connectivity Requirements and Concept Masterplans
• Develop Communications and Engagement Plan
• Develop Business Support Package
May 2017 • Integrate Growth Strategy into draft SEP
• Start to implement small scale interventions
• Produce Interim Progress Report on Tranche 1
• Submit proposal to DCLG for release of Tranche 2 funding
July 2017 • Commence Tranche 2 work programme following HS2 route announcement
• Develop detailed Station Masterplans and Station Investment Plans
Aug - Nov • Develop Implementation and Investment Plan
• Publish final Growth Strategy Report and Station Masterplans / Investment Plans
Jan 2018 • Implementation of Growth Strategy
Timescales are dependent on a timely release of funding, a decision by Government on the
final route and stations for South Yorkshire in the summer of 2017, and SCR ability to procure
additional staff resource and consultancy assistance.
Fundamental to our Growth Strategy delivery will be the need to work together – across the
private and public sectors and across local authority and Local Enterprise Partnership
The Growth Strategy work will be led by the SCR HS2 Programme Board, which was
established in 2014 to oversee the SCR input into the HS2 project. This board is made up of
senior directors from the constituent SCR local authorities, together with South Yorkshire
Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), HS2 Ltd, TfN, Network Rail, DCLG and DfT, and
reports into the SCR Combined Authority Transport Executive Board. The Terms of
Reference for the Programme Board are attached as Appendix A.
Supporting the board, there will be a requirement to establish a Growth Strategy task and
finish group to co-ordinate the day to day work and liaison with DCLG and other partners.
We expect this group to be time limited as the work of the Growth Strategy emerges and
other groups emerge begin to take ownership over specific activity i.e. communications,
connectivity etc. This includes the existing Sheffield Midland Station Study Board, led by
Sheffield City Council, which is expected to lead on the development masterplan in Tranche
2 and ensure this is linked with the emerging NPR workstream. In addition, we expect that
once a final parkway station location is confirmed, a similar Parkway Station Group will be
established, led by the relevant local authority.
We will also establish a relationship with the D2N2 LEP in the East Midlands and Leeds City
Region, whose areas we overlap with, in order to co-ordinate the respective Growth
An outline of the Governance Structure is shown in the diagram below.
Sheffield City Region
Transport Executive Board
HS2 Programme Board
Sheffield Midland Station
Growth Strategy Task and
Parkway Station Group
Sheffield City Region HS2 Programme Board - Terms of Reference
1. Purpose of Group
1.1. The primary purpose of the HS2 Programme Board is to provide senior officer input
to define the work programme and outputs required to deliver work streams
associated with HS2. The Programme Board will provide senior direction, policy
advice and recommendations for technical studies that are needed to support
further development of HS2 in the Sheffield City Region (SCR) in order to influence
HS2 Ltd and Government decisions and the forthcoming Hybrid Bill.
1.2. The Programme Board will be supported as appropriate by a number of work
packages and Task and Finish Groups, undertaking technical studies to enable the
Programme Board to agree recommendations that can be presented to the SCR
Combined Authority, Transport Executive Board, Chief Executives and LEP Board.
1.3. Each SCR Task and Finish group will have their own Terms of Reference. Other work
streams led by external partners will have their own governance arrangements.
1.4. In July 2016, Sir David Higgins produced his report on the HS2 route and station
location within the SCR, which recommended changes to the previous preferred
route. In order for the SCR to positively respond to Sir David Higgins’ report, it is
proposed that the SCR HS2 Programme Board refocuses its activity to achieve the
best outcome for the City Region.
2. Desired Outcomes
2.1 The desired outcomes of the HS2 Programme Board are to:
Ensure the best possible outcome for the City Region from HS2 in terms of station
locations and stops, journey times and destinations, service levels, rolling stock and
capacity, connectivity and interface with other services including Northern
Maximise the economic benefits of HS2 investment within the City Region in terms
of employment growth and inward investment, agglomeration benefits of
improved connectivity to other City Regions including London, and master planning
to co-ordinate development around stations.
Minimise any adverse impacts of the HS2 project on residents, businesses and the
environment of the City Region and ensure appropriate mitigation and
compensation where necessary.
3. Roles and Responsibilities
3.1 To achieve this, the HS2 Programme Board will:
Give senior direction to all HS2 project related activities;
Shape the projects through a collaborative approach both within the SCR and with
external partners and agencies;
Prepare and report updates and detailed propositions for consideration by the
SCR Combined Authority, Transport Executive Board, Chief Executives, LEP Board,
DfT and DCLG;
Be responsible for communication to stakeholder groups within the city region
and confirm positions when required;
Consider outputs and provide oversight of the technical work;
Provide advice and support when making the case for future funding streams;
Assist in providing appropriate resource at prominent times within the
Own and manage the project risks on behalf of project partners;
Set direction for the work streams/Task and Finish groups.
4. Work Programme
4.1 The HS2 Programme Board will focus on the following areas:
Receiving updates from HS2 Ltd/DfT and Network Rail that relates to HS2 within
Receive updates from SCR on local issues that relate to HS2, including growth
fund finance and the ability to commission support work in line with the remit
Provide proactive input into the Northern Loop work to be undertaken by
Transport for the North to ensure that HS2 connectivity for the SCR is achieved
northwards as well as south. To ensure that synergies with Northern
Powerhouse Rail are achieved and that the Northern Loop is included within the
HS2 Hybrid Bill process;
Work closely with HS2 Ltd on the feasibility of a Parkway station on the revised
route of HS2 as detailed in Sir David Higgins’ report;
Develop improved connectivity from across the SCR into Sheffield Midland
station and the proposed Parkway station;
Provide input into the work on Sheffield Midland Station master planning;
Commission an independent review of the potential for reducing the impact of
the proposed eastern route alignment on residential and business properties
within Doncaster and Rotherham boroughs;
Identify new areas of work as appropriate following announcements or
governance changes, for example linkages to HS3 and the development of a
wider SCR rail strategy.
5. Frequency of Meetings
5.1 The Programme Board will meet monthly throughout the life cycle of the HS2
5.2 Each work stream and Task & Finish group will create their own appropriate meeting
cycles in line with the studies and projects they undertake;
5.3 Existing meeting structures will be utilised wherever possible;
5.4 The HS2 Programme Board is supported by Bassetlaw District Council and SCR.
6. Methods of Communication
6.1 Communication on a formal basis will be at the monthly HS2 Programme Board
6.2 Email groups will be set up for Programme Board members and separate project
6.3 Each organisation represented on the Board, will comply with their own reporting
requirements as required by their own governance processes.
7. Programme Board Principles
7.1 Programme Board members will:
Provide a steer on studies and projects, informed by recommendations from the
project working groups;
Provide direction for all task and finish groups;
Provide senior sign off before submissions to the SCR Combined Authority,
Transport Executive Board, Chief Executives, and LEP.
7.2 Task & Finish Groups will:
Provide expertise, undertake technical studies as appropriate, and guide the
process for each study;
Liaise effectively with stakeholders and each other;
Provide communications and recommendations back to the HS2 Programme
8.1 HS2 Programme Board membership is as follows:
HS2 Programme Board
Neil Taylor (Chair)
Bassetlaw District Council
Sheffield City Region Executive Team
Sheffield City Region Executive Team
Sheffield City Region Executive Team
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Chesterfield Borough Council
Derbyshire County Council
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Sheffield City Council
Department for Transport
Department for Communities and Local Government
Transport for the North
Mark Lynam, Interim Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs, Sheffield City Region
Telephone: 0114 2203445
Mobile: 07500 051012
Fiona Boden, Senior Policy Manager, Sheffield City Region Executive Team
Telephone: 0114 220 3457
Mobile: 07718 250836
Alex Forrest, Strategic Rail Officer, Sheffield City Region Executive Team
Telephone: 0114 220 3458
Mobile: 07467 115892
TRANSPORT EXECUTIVE BOARD
6th April 2017
UPDATE ON TRANSPORT FOR THE NORTH – STRATEGIC TRANSPORT PLAN
Purpose of Report
To provide Members with a progress update on recent development of the pan-Northern Transport
Strategy by Transport for the North and its partners and the proposed next steps in developing an
agreed suite of interventions that will support pan-Northern economic growth.
6. External Connectivity: Secure investment in infrastructure where it will do most to support
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• Members are asked to note progress to date and
• Consider Appendix 3 as options for TfN to develop as part of Sequence 3 in order to support
the Northern Powerhouse Rail Conditional Outputs across the Pennines.
Further to the update report submitted to Transport Executive Board on 30th January 2017,
SCR officers have continued to work with Transport for the North (TfN) at multiple levels to
develop a pan-Northern Strategic Transport Plan (STP) that seeks to support the economic
growth identified in the Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review (NPIER)
published in March 2015 to establish a high level, pan-Northern transport strategy up to
The Plan’s development is being achieved through modal workstreams with
representatives from the partners and relevant statutory bodies, and cover the following:
• International Connectivity
• SMART (Ticketing and Information)
SCR officers have worked with TfN to help establish priorities, influence discussions to
ensure SCR objectives are met and ensure that all transport aspirations to deliver growth
are captured. Additionally, SCR officers have been involved in the development of
conditional outputs associated with the workstreams.
TfN have produced an initial draft report of the road element of the Strategic Transport
Plan, the Major Roads Report agreed by their Partnership Board on 17th March 2017 that
form the basis of initial partner consultation. An initial draft of the rail element, the
Integrated Rail Report will follow shortly.
The contents of these reports do not describe detailed schemes but will form the basis of
future discussions up to Autumn 2017 around prioritisation and sequencing. Members are
advised that the reports have been developed in conjunction with the full range of TfN
partners, including Highways England, Network Rail, as well as review and comment being
invited from SCR’s constituent Local Authority partners.
Key milestones are shown below:
TfN engagement with Partnership and Executive Board representatives, using the
Working Draft of the Strategic Transport Plan and Suite of Documents
Executive Board – 20th April 2017
Approval of Suite of Documents for publication in May 2017
Suite of Documents published
Working Draft of the Strategic Transport Plan published for Partners
March – September 2017
Sequencing and prioritisation of the TfN Investment Programme on a multi-modal basis
Additional work on the ‘How?’ pillar of the Strategic Transport Plan
May – August 2017
Engagement with Internal Partners and ‘Close Friends’ on Working Draft of the
Strategic Transport Plan
Possible workshops / roadshows on the Initial Integrated Rail Report and Major Roads
October / November 2017
Publication of the Draft Strategic Transport Plan, Updated Integrated Rail Report and
Major Roads Report, and Integrated Sustainability Appraisal
December 2017 – March 2018
Statutory 12 week consultation
March – June 2018
Review of consultation feedback
Adoption of the Strategic Transport Plan as the Plan for the statutory body
In addition to the above:
• Highways England has recently published its second Road Investment Strategy
that provides a high level view of possible major road investments between 2020
and 2025, subject to business case development and demonstrating value for
• Network Rail has started their North of England Route Study which will assess
growth and capacity (including long term rail infrastructure requirements) in the
north to 2043. They are working with TfN, Rail North and local authorities including
• Rail North are about to refresh their Long Term Rail Strategy.
This national and sub-national work is being used as part of the wider context for TfN’s
Strategic Transport Plan to inform the final transport vision for the north of England.
Prioritisation and Sequencing
The completion of the two key draft reports (road and rail) has now allowed TfN to start to
consider indicative, high level corridors which do not include specific solutions. TfN have
identified 15 road and 10 rail interventions alongside the work on SMART north. These
have been packaged into 9 ‘strategic development corridors’ as shown below:
The following affect SCR:
• Lancashire to Sheffield City Region
Linking through Greater Manchester
West Coast Corridor
• Southern Pennines
TPT and Wider Catchment
TP Short Term Improvements
M60 North West Quadrant
Hull/Immingham to Liverpool with key freight interaction
These 9 corridors are also informed by the cross cutting work on Northern Powerhouse
Rail, Smart North and the East Coast Corridor to Scotland.
TfN will take this work forward in conjunction with partners in order to understand fully and
incorporate more local, specific interventions that are either being delivered or planned.
This work will culminate in an agreed work programme for TfN that will include any
necessary new studies.
On completion of this work, TfN will commence the first pass of prioritized investments
required bases upon possible solutions.
It is intended that further engagement with partners via LEPs and CAs will be undertaken
to agree those proposals and possible sequencing. This joint approach establishes a
stronger collective support for future funding bids than would be possible otherwise.
The approach to this engagement is currently under development by TfN and further
details are expected to allow consultation from May 2017, i.e. once the reports have been
approved by their Executive Board.
Sub-National Transport Body Status
TfN sought status as a Statutory Transport Body from the Secretary of State for Transport
in October 2016 and this has now been confirmed (17th March 2017) and completion will
occur over the coming months as shown below:
• Early April 2017 – Issue draft constitution to Constituent Authorities
• Early June 2017 – Constituent Authorities to have made final comments on the
• June/July 2017 – Approval of constitution by individual Constituent Authorities
• Early September 2017 – TfN to collect all Constituent Authority consents/approvals
before final response to Secretary of State
The establishment of TfN becoming England’s first Sub-national Transport Body will allow
• Speak with one voice on behalf of the North on transport;
• Ensure the North’s priorities are clearly understood by Government;
• Help to add almost £97bn and 850,000 jobs to the economy by 2050 (Northern
Powerhouse Independent Economic review);
• Identify the best ways to improve pan-Northern transport connectivity, making
commuting across the North a better experience for passengers and transport
• Deliver Smart Travel across the North, making it easier for people to get from A to
B throughout the region.
This facilitates a strong, formal role and establishes TfN as a statutory partner in both the
road and rail investment processes, giving TfN responsible for setting the North’s priorities
around strategic road and rail investments albeit with the Secretary of State remaining the
final decision maker. TfN’s Partnership Board has welcomed the Secretary of State’s
commitment to TfN becoming a statutory body.
DfT has expressed support for TfN’s desire for the ownership of Rail North to be
transferred once it achieves full statutory status. This will allow TfN to speak with one
voice for the North across modes and services through TfN being a formal consultee for
franchise agreements. TfN is considering the most appropriate way of bringing TfN and
Rail North together.
The Secretary of State has agreed the following Local Government Powers:
• Smart ticketing powers – enabling TfN to carry out the necessary work to drive
forward multi-modal Smart Ticketing in the North;
• Power to pay capital grants – enabling TfN to support funding and delivery of joint
• The local road powers and the Transport and Works Act – to enable TfN to
promote, coordinate and fund transport schemes.
Whilst TfN has welcomes these power and believe they will assist in improving connectivity
and delivery of investment, the Secretary of State declined the aspiration for TfN to have
powers to promote economic, social or environmental well-being. However, TfN has been
given assurances that the ability to co-manage the TransPennine and Northern rail
franchises will be key and that, in conjunction with DfT, this will be reflected in the Statutory
Additionally, the Secretary of State has confirmed (at TfN’s Partnership Board on 17th
March 2017) that rail franchising should remain centralised and that TfN will not receive
powers around wellbeing. A copy of the letter from the Secretary of State to TfN that gives
details is attached at Appendix 1, together with its Annex.
Members are advised that securing statutory status will be subject to Local Authority sign-
off before finalisation. TfN have confirmed that the necessary legal work is underway on
the detail necessary for the Statutory Instrument and it is expected that this consultation
will be arranged from June 2017. TfN expects to engage at officer level through existing
mechanisms and have offered to meet LEP and CA members in addition to this in due
course. Members will be advised of developments as soon as these are available.
NORTHERN POWERHOUSE RAIL (NPR)
This workstream is specifically focussed on providing better connections across 6 Northern
Cities and economic centres (Sheffield, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle and Hull)
and Manchester Airport with fast, frequent rail journeys (e.g. 6tph, 30 mins Sheffield-
Manchester), creating a pan-Northern network. The network will promote transformational
economic growth to help rebalance the national economy.
Recent progress is described below:
• As part of Sequence 2.5, TfN are currently working on Strategic Outline Business
Cases for HS2 ‘touchpoints’ – where the NPR network will interact with the HS2
network. For SCR this is the junction to create the ‘Northern Loop’, connecting
Sheffield and Leeds via the revised HS2 line;
• A study required for Sheffield station to accommodate NPR (and potentially HS2
services) as well as ‘business-as-usual’ growth is restarting as part of Sequence 3,
led by SCC and with the involvement of SCR, TfN and Network Rail; and
• Barnsley and Doncaster will be considered as Other Significant Economic Centres
(OSECs) on the NPR Network in Sequence 3. Barnsley could be served on the
Sheffield-Leeds route, Doncaster on the Sheffield-Hull route.
• Partners at officer level, including SCR, have expressed concern to TfN regarding
the direction of NPR and current the revised governance. There seems to be
pressure from the DfT to consider ‘strategic alternatives’ to NPR, i.e. cheaper
options which do not meet the NPR ambition of transformation growth.
• For SCR this is particularly the case in regards Sheffield-Manchester connectivity.
The Sequence 2 work showed this is a particularly difficult and expensive corridor,
due to both decades of underinvestment and the terrain. However it does offer
transformational economic gains if it can be unlocked.
• A further issue is the growing case of including Bradford in the NPR network.
Currently one solution to Sheffield-Manchester is a new trans-Pennine line shared
with Leeds. However, if Bradford is included, the Manchester-Leeds line would
need to be further north and would not connect to Sheffield.
• SCR has been working with WYCA and TfGM in drawing up options to ask TfN to
consider in Sequence 3. These are covered in Appendix 3.
• SCR officers are currently in the process of arranging an urgent meeting between
SCR, Sheffield City Council and NPR to raise SCR’s concerns;
• Additionally, a meeting has been arranged with David Brown to discuss NPR and
the Northern Loop;
• SCR intends to review NPR as part of the HS2 Growth Strategy Connectivity Study
to explore how services can be accommodated at Sheffield Midland Station.
• Consider Appendix 3 as options for TfN to develop as part of Sequence 3 in order
to support the Northern Powerhouse Rail Conditional Outputs across the Pennines.
The International Connectivity Report was launched in January 2017. The report is high
level, using Manchester Airport and Newcastle Airport as examples of the largest airport
(Manchester) in the north of England and demonstrating the wider geographical spread of
airports across the north that could be developed further for both passenger and freight
movements. The report recommended further engagement with the private sector over the
coming months, reflecting the need for further private sector investment.
SCR has recognized that further engagement with TfN is required in relation to Doncaster
Sheffield Airport to ensure that its importance is fully understood and acknowledged on a
wider basis, reflecting a disappointment in how it was covered in the report itself. TfN has
already indicated its understanding around the disappointment of SCR and other City
Regions in relation to how most northern airports were covered in the report.
Members are advised that SCR, together with Chris Scholey at LEP, have recently met
airport representatives to discuss the development of a medium term business plan.
Additionally, connectivity to the airport is being included in the transport prospectus
currently under development which will provide a position statement around improving
surface access and connectivity, and assist in promoting this to relevant organisations as
part of SCR’s economic growth aspirations.
FREIGHT AND LOGISTICS
This workstream addresses the road and rail movement of goods, including looking at
distribution centres and how to maximise efficiencies. In November 2016, TfN
commissioned additional strategic analysis from ARUP consultants to enhance
understanding of the specifics of the rail freight market in the north of England; this
technical work will be delivered in March 2017 and include ongoing strategic engagement
work with the private sector and also identify the implications of the interventions that TfN
need to deliver within the road and rail workstreams. As the engagement with the private
sector progresses there will be an enhanced understanding of the opportunities around
how freight can play a key role in moving cargoes and resources. This will include ports,
airports and logistics hubs.
TfN have identified transport constraints for freight growth on a pan Northern Strategic
basis within the NPIER context in line with the STP and Integrated Road and Rail Reports.
Concern exists around lack of information from Network Rail on freight movements (due to
perceived commercial sensitivity) and TfN are now seeking data on overall tonnage
movements rather than supply chain detail.
Key Issues for SCR:
• Continued input into the workstream; and
• Identification of key freight issues and liaison with freight industry and partners to
ensure our priorities are fed into the TfN studies.
This workstream reflects the Strategic Road and Major Road networks that link the main
towns/cities and growth areas. Conditional Outputs have been developed and strategic
routes identified across the North (together with interfaces in neighbouring counties). This
development work has been subject to discussion and consultation with Local Authority
officers as well as SCR so as to ensure a good understanding by TfN of the issues and
challenges in SCR.
The work has culminated in the initial Major Roads Report. This document is part of the
suite of reports approved by TfN’s Partnership Board on 17th March. Further discussions
will occur during the planned stakeholder engagement planned for the coming months to
identify priority interventions, including with LEPs and the CA.
TransPennine Tunnel Study:
Highways England commissioned studies into feasibility of
the construction of the TransPennine tunnel have been completed and, further to the
review by the Wider Connectivity Assessment Project Board in November 2016 and the
Stage 3 report published on 24th November 2016, additional studies into the wider
connectivity implications have now commenced to assess the impact on the regional
strategic road networks to the east and west.
This second stage of the development work (February 2017) has been around possible
access and egress points to the east and west of the Pennines. A meeting with Local
Authority representatives and TfN occurred on 10th March to allow a better understanding
of the approach and allowing comments direct from District officers. The Stage 2 report
(Options) is expected towards the end of March 2017. The work is being undertaken by
Key Issues for SCR:
• Ensuring that a solution to TransPennine connectivity remains a priority issue for
• Ensuring that SCR understands how any proposals could impact on its current and
future road networks; and
• Allowing SCR to establish the sub-national road proposals within the hierarchy of
the refresh of its own Transport Strategy.
It has been recognised by both Sheffield and Manchester City Regions that improved east-
west connectivity is essential for growth. As such, discussions are continuing with
Manchester City Region to develop a robust joint lobbying position at sub-national and
national levels and to agree joint communications to reinforce the importance of these
Integrated Sustainability Appraisal
A draft scoping document was circulated in February 2017 for partner comment. The brief
has now been finalised and the appraisal work is being undertaken by Atkins and will
continue over the coming months and will culminate in a final report to be published in the
SMART Ticketing and Information
This work is being led by TfN who have established a separate organisation to take this
forward. The programme is very long term and progress will be reported to TEB at an
appropriate future date. However, Members are advised that the Secretary of State has
agreed in principle that TfN will lead on the roll-out of smart ticketing (season and carnets)
on rail across the north of England (Tranche 1 of the Smart programme) to be followed by
Tranches 2 and 3 (customer information and full roll-out of Smart Ticketing on bus and rail
There are no financial implications of this paper as it is providing a progress update only.
However, financial implications arising from this pan-Northern strategic work may have
financial implications that will be the subject of future reports.
There are no legal implications of this paper currently.
If the SCR does not continue its active role in the development of the TfN Strategies and
Programme, there is a risk that benefits to the City Region may not be delivered.
Equality, Diversity and Social Inclusion (Equality Act - Public Sector Equality Duty)
There are no specific equality, diversity or social inclusion implications arising from this
TfN is currently leading on communications for all partners and SCR will ensure accuracy
of information and data and provide advice on stakeholder engagement around
consultation in Spring 2017.
Appendix 1: Copy of letter from Secretary of State confirming TfN as a Sub-National
Transport Body and Annex
Appendix 2: Copy of Key Messages on Sub-National Transport Body status presented to
TfN’s Partnership Board on 17th March 2017.
Appendix 3: Draft proposal by SCR, WYCA and TfGM to TfN to consider Trans-Pennine
options in Sequence 3 of Northern Powerhouse Rail Programme.
Senior Policy Advisor (Transport and Infrastructure)
Organisation Sheffield City Region
Telephone 0114 220 3442
Background papers used in the preparation of this report are available for inspection at: 11 Broad
Street West, Sheffield S1 2BQ
Other sources and references: n/a
Letter from the Secretary of State for Transport (March 2017)
Key Messages Document to TfN’s Partnership Board, 17th March 2017
Trans-Pennine Options in Sequence 3 of Northern Powerhouse Rail Programme.
NPR Options: 22nd March 2017
James Nutter (WYCA); Mick Sasse (WYCA); Martin Lax (TfGM), Suzannah Rockett (SCR)
Purpose of meeting
To map out and agree further work on NPR options for the trans-Pennine axes that the three city regions should
propose to TfN for inclusion in the upcoming sifting and prioritisation work.
Option Leeds -
Bradford – Manchester &
Sheffield – Manchester
• Building on Sequence
from upgraded Calder Valley
2, design, cost and
route southwest of Bradford
benefits as a Y rather
onto North Transpennine
than separated out
Route (upgraded via
and MCR-SHF as
Interchange a through
Prioritisation in 2016.
New line via
New line via Bradford City
Option 4 or 5
• Rochdale OSEC
• Plays into
tunnel option (north
– south alignment)
Option 4 or 5
via M62 West
from existing railway
onto NPR (vicinity of
M606 – Chain Bar –
Spen Valley) for
Bradford – Manchester
plus upgraded Calder
Valley railway, Bradford
Interchange a through
b) New railway/connection
from upgraded Calder
Val ey route southwest
of Bradford onto North
Interchange a through
Option 2 or 3
Option 2 or 3
Substantial upgrade of
Check Sequence 1
Hope Valley line with
work re Hope
consideration of capacity
for local and freight
services. This would be
significantly beyond the
works currently proposed
to the route, to meet or
substantially satisfy the
NPR COs. South entry/exit
into Sheffield. For
a) via Stockport
services to HS2)
b) to MIA (being
aware of TfGM
work on Tram-
Option 2 or 3
Option 2 or 3
New alignment in the
• Check Sequence 1
work re Hope
to lower spec than HS2
Sequence 2 report (being
aware of TfGM work on
Glossop and Manchester)
. North entry/exit for
Sheffield. To be
b) As NPR network
c) As capacity for
freight and slower
capacity for NPR
on Hope Valley
For al options TfN urgently need to review and produce a more inclusive, evidence led set of Conditional
Outputs based on the Rail North Long Term Rail Strategy ‘Inter-Connected Urban Matrix’. This wil enable
NPR to be planned properly as a core, integrated part of the north’s railway, and could open up and enable
released capacity benefits to be realised for the wider north.
Business Plan Progress Tracker
Sheffield City Region Transport Executive Board
• In February 2016, the Sheffield City Region (SCR) Transport Executive Board (TEB) agreed a comprehensive and ambitious Business
Plan, which set out the key investments in 2016/17.
• Within the context of the economic growth ambitions of the City Region, the Business Plan sets out a number of priorities and supporting
areas of activity. Our focus as per the TEB Business Plan is to “secure commitment to transformational transport connectivity through major
national programmes, and put in place the strategic framework and delivery approach for future local transport investment
• In October 2016, the TEB received a comprehensive report on progress against the milestones set out in the TEB Business Plan. At that
time it was noted that although positive progress had been made across a number of areas of activity, it was acknowledged that the
projects/ schemes in the Business Plan needed to be more effectively sequenced and prioritised in order to ensure that priority work
• Building on the report from October 2016, and acknowledging the steer provided by the TEB in relation to sequencing and prioritisation, in
November 2016 TEB agreed to focus its activity around four strategic priorities – Midland Mainline, Transport for the North, HS2 and the
renewed Transport Strategy. These items would be the focus of future TEB meetings, supplemented by other activity as required. However,
to ensure that progress updates were captured for other areas of activity (alongside these four strategy priorities) it was agreed that a light
touch progress dashboard be provided at each meeting. This progress tracker provides a summary of progress against the key milestones
for each of the projects/ schemes which the TEB is responsible for driving forward. Members of the TEB are asked to note progress to
• It is anticipated that this Business Plan Progress Tracker will be kept up to date, with a report similar to this one presented at all future TEB
meetings. A more comprehensive report will be prepared annually with a view to ensuring the TEB is fully engaged in discussions about
future priority workstreams.
Business Plan Theme Progress Tracker
Summary of Latest Position
Achievements to Date
Prioritisation & Sequencing
Future Key Milestones
• Strategic Rail - TfN is currently developing a
• Al TfN workstreams are led by
• Spring 2017 – Publication of TfN’s 1st
business case for the ‘Sheffield loop’ using HS2
TfN. SCR wil continue to
Draft STP, reflecting the Integrated
to provide Northern Powerhouse services
contribute as required.
Road and Rail Reports and Initial
between Sheffield and Leeds.
• SCR needs to develop a greater
Sustainability Appraisal / Statement
• This is part of Sequence 2.5 is currently being
for partners (final draft Oct/Nov
understanding of our own
transport priorities in the SCR –
• Integrated Rail Report, first draft shared and
• May 2017 – Business case for
being reviewed. Wil concentrate on agreed
development of SCR’s transport
Sheffield Loop wil be incorporated
Strategic Corridors. Further iteration to be
into the HS2 Hybrid Bil
shared with partner authorities in April.
• The update of SCR’s transport
• December 2017 – March 2018 - Public
• Strategic Highways - Final document received
strategy and SEP wil help with
Engagement on TfN’s STP
and distributed to LA col eagues for information;
our priority setting and
• March 2017 – December 2017 -
contents inform the initial draft Transport
sequencing (subject to funding)
development of sequenced and
• SCR continues to improve
prioritised scheme programme
• Freight – The freight workstream wil feed into
engagement with TfN
• September 2017 Sheffield Loop
Transport for the
the integrated road and rail reports.
included in HS2 Hybrid Bil
• Consultants are developing freight priorities and
• December 2017 – Consultation
interventions and wil hold a workshop (date
version finalised (public)
TBC) in SCR to identify regional priorities.
• July 2018 - Adoption of Strategic
• These three workstreams combined wil inform
the Transport for the North Strategic Transport
Plan. Working draft STP to be circulated for
initial comment March 2017, pending partner
comment May and finalisation
• Sheffield Station Study – A study looking to
• Led by SCC with SCR support
• Sequence 3 is due to complete in
develop a masterplan for the existing Midland
• Wil feed into Sequence 3
Station and how this can integrate HS2, NPR and
local connectivity growth.
• Northern Powerhouse Rail Sequence 2 – This is
now complete and Sequence 2.5 is underway to
feed into the HS2 Hybrid Bil
• Strategic Local Connectivity Options – SCR
• Early workstream. Now
• Complete. Options due for inclusion
priority schemes have been shared with TfN and
in the STP Spring 2017, pending
included in TfN’s scheme list.
further discussions around
prioritisation and sequencing
• International Connectivity – Study investigating
• Study led by external
international connectivity for people and
organisations. SCR wil influence
freight, to and from the North published and
launched Jan 2017
• Wider Connectivity – East west links Study
• Additional study wil investigate
• Stage 1 report around evidence for
(including the TP Tunnel) is underway. Builds on
alternative options to the
wider impact published Jan 2017;
the outputs of the original study and the Stage 3
Stage 2 report (options) due March
report published early December 2016.
TfN/South Yorkshire meeting occurred 10th
March to discuss implications of current thinking
and early (high level) options
• Work is continuing with Arup in developing the
• The update of the Transport
• Prospectus under development
Prospectus and Transport Strategy refresh work.
Strategy is being undertaken in
(indicative date April 2017); further
paral el with the refresh of the
workshops planned around Transport
SEP and wil include early
Strategy itself (indicative date May
SCR Transport Strategy
development of a prospectus,
highlighting SCR’s position on
• External organisations/ personnel
possible interventions that wil
identified for working group
facilitate any required lobbying
• CA approved 28/10/16 to update “Strategic
• High priority activity as it • April 2017 – RSIs and traffic counts
Testing Tools” (i.e. forecasting models) to
supports current Business Case
across the region;
ensure webTAG compliance for future funding
development work for 2 Large • Apr / May-18 – Base Model complete
bids. This was later than planned delaying data
Local Majors to be bid from DfT
and ready to test schemes;
col ection to March 2017. Decision made by
• Mass Transit (MT) – renewals on • Apr / May 19 – Outline Business Cases
model ing team to delay roadside data
the existing tram network to
to be submitted to DfT for LMSs.
col ection to April 2017 to align with smart
enable 30 years more of
operations beyond 2024;
• AECOM appointed under SCR Model ing FW
• AMID – improved road links to
with SYSTRA as sub-contractor; Data sharing
avoid congestion on A630 and
agreements now signed by SCR and main PT
operators and SYSTRA to protect confidential
• DfT agree to PTE using old model
information and commercial interests of
for defining the realistic “Do
Minimum” for MT but no
• Data now being downloaded from operators’
response to proposal to use it for
electronic ticket machines; Programme of
the scheme appraisal, in order to
selective RSIs and counters being arranged in
accelerate the programme.
SY in liaison with local Highway Teams;
• Feedback also awaited proposal
• PT demand model being developed; Base
to use an existing version of the
model stil not expected to be ready for use
model for AMID consistent with
before May 2018;
A630. Important that the new
• FLUTE model data collection work not likely to
model is not delayed as a result
commence in May 2017.
of this proposal.
• Estimated spend for SCRTM1
unchanged from budget (slipped
start date doesn’t alter this);
• Estimated spend for FLUTE
reduced by £0.9m from original
budget to reflect lower costs per
• Initial scoping work complete
• Work currently on hold until the • Work on the business Case for bus
• Input provided to shape the development of the
SCR Transport Strategy and SEP
devolution / bus partnerships wil
Bus Services Bil in partnership with SYPTE
refresh have been completed
resume at a suitable point fol owing
• The potential; integration of
the update of the Transport Strategy
Chesterfield and Bassetlaw into
the SCR has changed the scope
of this work during the year.
• TEB consideration of the Local Highway
• The potential integration of
• Key Route network map
Highways ‘Key Route’
Authorities and Highways England views
Chesterfield and Bassetlaw into
• Further consultation with partners
alongside the priorities for the Combined
the SCR has changed the scope
• Recommendation to CA on the
of this work during the year.
proposed Key Route Network and
associated collaboration agreement
• A final decision by Government on
• The consultation on Phase 2b Route
the route and station locations for
Refinements closed on 9th March. SCR submitted
SCR is expected in the summer. This
a response on behalf of the CA/LEP.
should then feed into the Hybrid Bil
In its response, SCR stressed the importance of
for Phase 2b which wil be drafted by
the northern (Sheffield) loop linking Sheffield
the end of the 2017.
back to the HS2 line to the north to allow
• Mitigation Study concluded in March.
through HS2 services (and new NPR services) to
Next steps to be discussed with
Leeds, should the Sheffield Midland option be
Rotherham and Doncaster MBCs.
approved by Government, and its support for a
Parkway station on the main HS2 line in the
north east of the region. SCR commissioned a
Mitigation Study to examine potential minor
route and design amendments to the
Government’s revised eastern route to minimise
the impact on residents and communities.
Parkway and Connectivity Study
• Final update to be presented to the
• HS2 Ltd are undertaking a South Yorkshire
SCR HS2 Programme Board in April.
Parkway and Connectivity Study to examine the
• Study to conclude in May and wil be
feasibility of a Parkway station and potential
presented to Government for a
locations, as wel as options for extending HS2
decision and reported to
trains north of Sheffield to other SCR
• First phase of Growth Strategy on
• DCLG is awarding £1.25m to SCR in two tranches
wider economic and connectivity
to develop an HS2 Local Growth Strategy. This
benefits to be completed by July
wil feed in to SEP refresh and support station
2017, when second tranche of
funding for master-planning wil be
• Proposal for release of first tranche of Growth
Strategy funding submitted to DCLG in early
• Second tranche on station master-
planning to be completed by end of
• Release of Tranche 1 funding expected shortly
(by end of March).
• Work is commencing on the Strategy.
• There are concerns that the Government may
• SCR and East Midlands Councils
• Market Harborough scheme
be back-tracking on phase 2 of MML
are continuing to press the
scheduled for implementation in
electrification from Kettering to Sheffield,
Government for a firm
2017-2019. £5m SCR contribution
having only given a firm commitment to Phase 1
commitment on ful
agreed in principle by CA. Further
from Bedford to Kettering and Corby. Meeting
electrification to Sheffield. A
information being sought before final
being sought with Rail Minister to seek
letter was sent to the Rail
approval by CA.
commitment to electrification
Minister in February requesting
• The launch of the consultation is stil
a meeting to discuss
awaited in mid-March.
• Further upgrades are also being planned on the
electrification. The DfT is seeking • New franchise expected to
MML to reduce journey times, including a line
to arrange this meeting.
commence in November 2018
speed improvement scheme at Market
• SCR wil respond to EM franchise
Harborough that SCR has been asked to
consultation seeking further
contribute £5m towards.
improvements to services and
• East Midlands rail franchise being re-tendered
stations in SCR.
and a consultation is expected shortly. Three
• Potential bidders are seeking
shortlisted bidders have been announced.
meetings with SCR to discuss our
priorities. Meetings have been
arranged with the three
Green: Activity on track in line with the key milestones set out in the Business Plan/ agreed with the Board
Amber: Activity underway but not in line with key milestones set out in the Business Plan/ agree with the Board
Red: Activity not progressing at this time
Senior Policy Advisor (Transport and Infrastructure)
Organisation Sheffield City Region Executive Team
Telephone 0114 220 3442