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FULL SPEED AHEAD: Bringing high speed-rail to the East Midlands

Transport for the East Midlands is pleased to announce the Launch of FULL SPEED AHEAD: Bringing high speed-rail to the East Midlands. 

In this prospectus we explain the importance of HS2 reaching the East Midlands and Sheffield, as presented in the Government’s Integrated Rail Plan for the North and the Midlands (IRP).

We explain how the East Midlands can seize the opportunity that HS2 presents and maximise the benefits of this once in a generation investment.

Investment in rail, and HS2 specifically, will also start to address the social, economic, and environmental challenges the East Midlands faces.

To start feeling the benefits of HS2 as soon as possible, we need certainty on the timescales and delivery plan for the HS2 proposals introduced in the IRP.

The experience of our neighbours in the West Midlands shows that even just the promise of HS2 can start seeing real change from investment and firms moving location, years before high speed trains start running.

Sir Peter Soulsby, Chair of Transport for East Midlands said:

“The East Midlands boasts a resilient and thriving economy which is well placed to reap the benefits of major rail investment.

“HS2 to the East Midlands is key priority for TfEM and will transform links to Birmingham and London.

“With direct HS2 services to Nottingham, Derby and Chesterfield stations, coupled with the electrification of the Midland Main Line, travel times across the region will be significantly reduced and capacity enhanced.”

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