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19 July 2017

HS2: Now let’s get on with it!

Council leaders today welcomed the Government’s announcement of the final route of HS2 between Birmingham and Leeds via East Midlands Hub at Toton and Chesterfield. The Government has also announced the contractors that will build the phase one route between London and Birmingham.  

The news comes following last year’s publication of the emerging East Midlands HS2 Growth Strategy, which sets out initial proposals for using HS2 to generate an additional 74,000 jobs and £4 billion of growth (GVA) across the East Midlands.

Cllr Jon Collins, Vice Chair of East Midlands Councils, and Chair of the East Midlands HS2 Strategic Board said:

“Today’s announcements are great news for the East Midlands. HS2 will mean more and better jobs for local people, less overcrowded trains and much quicker journey times to key destinations. The Hub Station at Toton will be the most connected high speed station outside London, and has the potential to be an inspiring 21st century gateway to the East Midlands and a destination in its own right. We now need to make sure the Government gets on with building the eastern leg to Leeds as soon as possible and that HS2 does not stop at Birmingham.”

Cllr Simon Spencer, acting Vice Chair of the HS2 Strategic Board said:

This is great news for Chesterfield and the wider Derbyshire economy. We are already working on exciting proposals for using HS2 to transform links between Chesterfield Station and the town centre and to use the proposed Infrastructure Maintenance Depot at Staveley to drive the regeneration of the Staveley corridor”

Following today’s announcement the Government will start work on the ‘Phase 2b Hybrid Bill’ to enable the route to Leeds to be built, which will be introduced to Parliament in late 2019. The line is planned to be complete and fully operational by 2033 – although local partners are keen for the East Midlands Hub Station to be open by 2030.

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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. Further details available at: http://www.emcouncils.gov.uk/HS2-Strategic-Board

Contacts

For further information please contact:

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

Tel: 01664 502641

Mob: 07795 060943

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

ENDS.

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