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11 July 2018

Cash Boost for HS2 Growth Ambitions

NEWS Release from East Midlands Councils & D2N2

Local Leaders have welcomed today’s announcement from the Department for Transport of an additional £1.8 million to help take forward local plans to make the most of HS2 in the East Midlands.  The East Midlands HS2 Growth Strategy published in September 2017 sets out proposals from local partners to use HS2 to create an additional 74,000 jobs in the East Midlands and give a £4 billion boost to our economy. Key projects include: 

  • A high quality mixed use ‘Toton Innovation Campus’ adjacent to the Hub Station;
  • New strategic public transport links between the Hub Station at Toton and Derby, Leicester, Nottingham and East Midlands Airport; and
  • Town centre regeneration in Chesterfield and major development adjacent to the HS2 Infrastructure Maintenance Depot at Staveley.

The additional funding announced today will help to develop proposals for public transport connections to the East Midlands Hub Station at Toton, ensuring surrounding communities benefit from new rail, tram and bus services, as well as improved road access, to the new HS2 station. 

Cllr Jon Collins, Chair of the East Midlands HS2 Strategic Board and Leader of Nottingham City Council, said:

“I am delighted about today’s announcement. The additional funding will help us to progress some of the key infrastructure projects that will make our growth ambitions a reality. We will continue to work closely with HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport to make sure the forthcoming HS2 Phase 2b Hybrid Bill supports the delivery the Growth Strategy.”

Cllr Kay Cutts MBE, Chair of the Toton Hub Station Delivery Board and Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council said:  

"HS2 at Toton will present enormous opportunities for growth in the Midlands which is home to untapped potential. I feel it is particularly important to listen to local people and businesses as we create new garden villages and opportunities for businesses and universities to be developed side by side. This is exactly what our plans for Toton will deliver with the backing of Government and this additional funding"

Cllr Simon Spencer, Vice-Chair of East Midlands HS2 Strategic Board, Chair of the East Midlands HS2 Mitigation Board and Deputy Leader of Derbyshire County Council, said: 

Today’s announcement is a public vote of confidence in the work we have done to develop an ambitious vision for growth in the East Midlands. As Chair of the new East Midlands HS2 Mitigation Board, I am also working to ensure the design of the new railway and associated development addresses the legitimate concerns of local people.”

Peter Richardson, Chair of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, said:

“HS2 will be a real ‘game changer’ for the East Midlands economy. The HS2 Hub Station at Toton together with the Maintenance Depot at Staveley and HS2 connectivity for Chesterfield are all massive opportunities for our businesses and in particular our young people. Today’s funding announcement represents a major step forward”

Further information on HS2 is available from EMC’s Director of Policy & Infrastructure andrew.pritchard@emcouncils.gov.uk.

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Notes to Editors  

  • East Midlands Councils is the consultative forum for local authorities in the region. It provides support to Councils to improve their services and is a strong voice for the East Midlands. emcouncils.gov.uk. EMC provides the secretariat for the East Midlands HS2 Strategic Board.
  • D2N2 is the Local Enterprise Partnership covering Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. http://www.d2n2lep.org/.D2N2 will provide financial accountability for the funding.

Contacts  

For further information please contact:

Andrew Pritchard, Director of Policy & Infrastructure, East Midlands Councils

Tel: 01664 502620

E-mail: andrew.pritchard@emcouncils.gov.uk  

ENDS.

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