The board of D2N2, the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. has thrown it’s unequivocal backing behind the proposed high speed train line HS2 and the provision of a station in the East Midlands.
As part of their target is to assist the creation of 55,000 additional jobs across their area by 2023 - the majority of these jobs in the private sector - they are keen for the project to be put into action as swiftly as possible.
If plans go ahead, the new East Midlands Hub would be built at Toton and the line would link with both Nottingham and Derby.
D2N2 LEP Chief Executive David Ralph said: “The development of high speed rail is a one-off opportunity to boost the economy, increasing access to markets in other connected cities and helping them to become more efficient and competitive.
“As well as almost halving journey times to London, new services from the East Midlands station will significantly cut journey times to the centre of Birmingham, to Sheffield, Leeds, Newcastle and beyond.
“The D2N2 area will also benefit from the improved connectivity brought about by HS2’s Phase Two Western leg, with proposed stations at Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly.
“The ongoing consultation is most welcome.
“The proposals are underpinned by a strong economic case demonstrating how it will support businesses throughout the D2N2 area, helping them to expand, grow and rebalance the economy, and we understand further figures will be released shortly.”
Mr Ralph says D2N2 will work with local partners to ensure HS2 is a catalyst for regeneration and any associated opportunities are maximised.