John Healey’s statement on High Speed Rail announcement

I welcome the Government’s confirmation that they are committed to High Speed Rail beyond Birmingham, including a South Yorkshire stop at Meadowhall.

It must be a big opportunity for Rotherham and Barnsley as well as Sheffield.

But this is a long-term project and the Government have to get this going. In nearly three years, for all their talk so far, they’ve failed to keep the economy moving out of recession and failed to get big infrastructure investments off the ground.