A City-Centre HS2 Station for Sheffield?

SheffieldVolterra has been supporting Sheffield City Council in making the case for a city centre HS2 station. We have examined the benefits of locating the city’s HS2 station at Victoria within the city centre, instead of the site at Meadowhall currently promoted by HS2 Ltd. Our findings suggest that the economic, employment and regeneration benefits of a city centre station would far exceed those from a parkway station. Similar international case studies have also demonstrated that city centre stations perform better than out of town stations, with parkway stations often failing to generate significant economic activity. Analysis of the Sheffield economy has shown that a city centre station would support 6,500 more jobs, worth up to £5 billion in additional GVA growth for the city region. Sheffield City Council have used our findings to help formulate their response to the Government consultation on HS2’s preferred route and stations. Read more about the case here, read our report in full here, and read Sheffield City Council’s response here.

Image: Sheffield Fountain by DncnH licensed under CC BY 2.0

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ELLIE EVANS

Partner

e: eevans@volterra.co.uk
t: +44 020 8878 6333

Ellie is a partner at Volterra, specialising in the economic impact of developments and proposals, and manages many of the company’s projects on economic impact, regeneration, transport and development.

With thirteen years experience at Volterra delivering high quality projects to clients across the public and private sector, Ellie has expertise in developing methods of estimating economic impact where complex issues exist with regards to deadweight, displacement and additionality.

Ellie has significant experience in estimating the economic impact across all types of property development including residential, leisure, office and mixed use schemes.

Project management of recent high profile schemes include the luxury hotel London Peninsula, Battersea Power Station and the Nova scheme at London Victoria. Ellie has also led studies across the country estimating the economic and regeneration impact of proposed transport investments, including studies on HS2 and Crossrail.

Ellie holds a degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Cambridge.