Infrastructure led development is key to securing sustainable growth, linking manufactured goods and food to ports and airports, producers to markets and suppliers, and ensuring that businesses have access to broadband, energy and flood protection.
Investing in Opportunity
A prospectus for investment, infrastructure and growth in the East Midlands
Investment, infrastructure and growth are common concerns for councils across the East Midlands. Often these objectives can be achieved best by local action, either directly or by working through Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).
However, there are some ‘larger than local’ issues where a more strategic approach is required. EMCs successful campaign to upgrade and electrify the Midland Main Line demonstrated the power of well evidenced collective action to deliver major investment that will boost economic growth.
This prospectus takes that approach a step further. It demonstrates the economic benefits to UK plc of increasing the share of national investment in the East Midlands, and highlights a limited number of strategic infrastructure projects that will unlock economic growth and private sector investment.
The diverse communities that make up the East Midlands are a great place to live and work and already make a huge contribution to the nation’s wealth. We want to work together with LEPs, business and Government to make them even better.
The 'Investing in Opportunity' Growth Prospectus can be downloaded below:
Investing in Opportunity - Growth Prospectus
Presentation to the A5 Strategy Members Meeting 27.9.13 on the case for investment (large file)
The East Midlands is at the heart of the country’s strategic transport network – literally the crossroads of England. Good transport links are required for the movement of food, goods and services, efficient labour markets and to support local visitor economies in places such as the Peak District National Park, the Lincolnshire holiday coast, Sherwood Forest and international sporting venues at Silverstone and Trent Bridge Cricket Ground.
High Speed 2
In his first major speech since his reappointment as transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin has confirmed that the full ‘Y Network’, including the Eastern Leg of HS2 will be built. This will connect with the London-West Midlands route to the east of Birmingham and then follow the M42 corridor north-east towards Derby and Nottingham. An East Midlands Hub Station will be located between the two cities at Toton, about a mile from the M1.
At the keynote speech in Leeds, which was attended by EMC’s Chairman Cllr Jon Collins, along with the Chairs of D2N2 and Leicester and Leicestershire LEPs, Patrick McLoughlin also announced £13million of investment in infrastructure in the north and midlands, including new trains on the East Coast Mainline, additional capacity for 44 million rail passengers, key road improvements in and around the region and a commitment to look at the feasibility of building a road tunnel under the Peak District. In support of the work to put forward the business case in the East Midlands, Sir David Higgins, Executive Chairman of HS2, was very supportive stating the 'East Midlands is a dream' and promising to make a positive statement about Toton in the near future. Construction on the next phase of HS2 is expected to commence in 2017.
The Chambers of Commerce, including the East Midlands Chamber (representing Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) has also written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer supporting the case for the Eastern Leg of HS2 (available below), referring to research by KPMG in 2013 which suggested that it would deliver an additional £4.1bn of GDP output for the East Midlands, along with South and West Yorkshire.
A flyer (available below) which was launched at the event also provides analysis of the benefits of the Eastern Leg. These include very significant reductions in many journey times. For example a journey from East Midlands Hub to York is expected to take 37 minutes (a saving of 1 hour 18 mins), Derby to York is expected to take 57 mins (saving 29 mins), Nottingham to Birmingham is expected to take 32 mins (saving 1 hour 14 mins), and Leicester to Leeds is expected to take 1 hour 6 mins (saving 51 mins).
Further information on HS2 is available from EMC’s Director of Policy & Infrastructure firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chambers of Commerce letter in support of HS2
HS2 Flyer May 2015
East Midlands Councils hosted a Department for Transport event about high speed rail proposals (HS2) and implications for the East Midlands on Monday 13th February. Presentations from EMC and the Department of Transport are available below.
Priorities for Rail Investment in the East Midlands
High Speed 2 (DfT)
HS2 Phase 2 Consultation - ICE response
EMC response to consultation
HS2 Direct Connections Study - Outline Business Case December 2013