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04 December 2017

HS2: Good Local Rail Connectivity Vital

Council leaders meeting at last Friday’s East Midlands HS2 Strategic Board re-affirmed the importance of good local rail connectivity to the proposed HS2 Hub Station at Toton – and strongly opposed any plans to slow down rail services between Derby and Nottingham to serve the new station.

The news comes after media reports cited ‘new information’ from HS2’s business case which suggested that some existing services would be slower as a result of stopping at the Hub Station.

However these assumptions will not influence how local rail services are reconfigured in the early 2030s when HS2 Ltd arrives, and take no account of the service improvements that will be delivered over next two rail franchise periods.

They are also inconsistent with the emerging Midlands Connect ‘Indicative Train Service Specification’ (ITSS), which includes HS2’s proposals for new fast shuttle services linking Derby and Nottingham with Hub Station, and the potential for ‘classic compatible’ services linking Leicester and Leeds via Toton.

Cllr Jon Collins, Chair of the East Midlands HS2 Strategic Board, said

"There is no case for slowing down rail services between Derby and Nottingham to serve the Hub Station at Toton and actually we expect the opposite to happen, particularly with the addition of new fast connecting shuttle services. HS2’s assumptions about diverting existing services are based on a rudimentary analysis to inform a business case for the Treasury, and will have been overtaken long before HS2 is operational"

Cllr Simon Spencer, Vice Chair of the East Midlands HS2 Strategic Board, said

"The Hub Station at Toton together with HS2 classic compatible trains serving Chesterfield will transform long distance connectivity and make space on the existing rail network for more local rail services and freight. But we will need to get the local connectivity right, as well mitigating the environmental impacts of the new line on local communities.

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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. www.emcouncils.gov.uk

EMC provides the Secretariat for the East Midlands HS2 Strategic Board

Contacts

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Andrew Pritchard, Director of Policy & Infrastructure

Mob: 07795 060943

Andrew.pritchard@emcouncils.gov.uk

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