Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis has called for an urgent meeting with Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris, to discuss delays to planned upgrades of the Hope Valley Line.
In a letter to the minister, Jarvis expressed “deep frustration and disappointment” at the delays which could lead to improvements being deferred until 2023.
He wrote: “These upgrades are one of the only remaining undelivered elements of the Northern Hub and an essential pre-requisite for the Northern Powerhouse Rail works. They now need to happen as a matter of urgency.
“With delay being compounded with further delay it is hard to have confidence that this new completion date will be achieved. On that basis I would like to meet with you as soon as possible to discuss how the Department is going to bring real urgency and pace to the project.”
For the FULL story, read RAIL 889, out now.
For the FULL story on the meeting between Jarvis and Government, read RAIL 890, published on October 23, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from October 19.