The council’s £1.5 billion plan to transform the Sheffield train station area
Sheffield council has unveiled a £1.5 billion plan to transform the Sheffield train station area in what would be one of the city’s biggest redevelopment projects to date.
The project, which is aiming to be ready for the arrival of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail in 2040, will see new buildings for private investment as well as a huge change in roads and tram lines, with the route/stop for the trams shifting in front of the station, passing along Pond Street and Sheffield Interchange.
The road linking the city centre to the Parkway will then move behind the station, where the tramlines are at the moment as well as Sheaf Street becoming pedestrianised and Park Square roundabout entirely scrapped, making way for new buildings. The plans include spaces for new hotels, bars and restaurants, which could create around 3,000 jobs.
A huge, landscaped pedestrian bridge would link Park Hill with Howard Street and up to 1,000 homes could also be built.
Funding for the project is set to come from the council, the Sheffield City Region, the government, Network Rail, HS2 and Transport for the North. Councillor Mazher Iqbal, the cabinet member for business and investment, said to Hallam FM: “We were asked to develop a framework for Midland Station and we took the position to look at not just developing the station but how can we reap the benefits of the wider regeneration of the area over the next 15/20 years.
“It’s probably the largest project the city’s ever been involved in – it’s a hugely ambitious project. The current experience when you drive in to the station is horrendous – we’re going to turn things round. Coming out of the station you’ll no longer see cars but hopefully you’ll see the new tram line going across there. There’ll be better facilities for cyclists.
The plans will go before the council’s cabinet meeting next week as well as being put out for public consolation.