John has contributed to a joint submission with local MP colleagues Ed Miliband and Kevin Barron to the Oakervee Review into HS2.

John has a number of serious concerns about the plans and has long argued that the original Meadowhall route would benefit South Yorkshire far more than the new M18 route.

He said: “We need to invest in developing rail capacity, including high speed rail, to address the climate crisis and better connect our towns and cities. But as it is, the cost of HS2 is spiralling out of control and our area has all of the pain and none of the gain.”