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27 October 2014

The East Midlands Responds to Sir David Higgins’ Report on HS2

The East Midlands Responds to Sir David Higgins’ Report on HS2

Cllr Jon Collins, Chair of the East Midlands HS2 Strategic Board, Cllr Anne Western, Vice Chair of the East Midlands HS2 Strategic Board and Peter Richardson, Chair of D2N2 LEP made the following joint statement in response to Sir David Higgins’ HS2 Report:  

Sir David Higgins’ support for the delivery of the Eastern Leg of HS2 is strongly welcomed.   Economic analysis commissioned by the Eastern Network Partnership demonstrates the Eastern Leg between Birmingham and Leeds has benefit to cost ratio of over 5 to 1 - much better than for either the Western leg to Manchester or for the project as a whole. It will significantly improve connectivity between the Midlands, Yorkshire and the North East and also provides the best route for a high speed link to Scotland. As a result, we are keen to explore how the delivery of the Eastern leg of HS2 can be expedited in the national interest.

Sir David Higgins’ support for a Hub Station in the East Midlands is strongly welcomed. Independent analysis commissioned by HS2 Ltd has demonstrated that a Hub Station serving the East Midlands has the potential to deliver more economic growth for UK plc than any other proposed station - potentially up to £2.2 billion per year. As a result we are keen to explore how the delivery of a Hub Station serving the East Midlands can be expedited in the national interest.

Sir David Higgins’ proposal to consider an alternative station location ’west of the M1’ is noted. Local partners are keen to work with HS2 Ltd to understand the implications of this proposal and the relative economic, environmental and transport benefits of any such location. In the meantime, work on the Government’s proposed location at Toton will continue. Local and regional partners have already established an East Midlands HS2 Strategic Board, supported by Delivery Boards for both the Hub Station and the proposed Maintenance Depot at Staveley, to drive the implementation of HS2. Broxtowe Borough Council has recently adopted a statutory plan which makes specific provision for a Hub Station at Toton.

ENDS

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

Sir David Higgins is the Chairman of HS2 Ltd, the Government owned company tasked with developing proposals for the new line. This is the second report made by Sir David to Ministers on the implementation for HS2 since he became Chairman. Further details can be found at: http://www.hs2.org.uk/

Contacts

For further information please contact: Andrew Pritchard, Director of Policy & Infrastructure, East Midlands Councils

Tel: 01664 502620. Mobile 07795 060943

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

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