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Major report on HS2 to be presented today

HS2 Ltd's Executive Chairman David Higgins Credit: David Parry/PA Archive/Press Association Images

HS2 Ltd's Executive Chairman David Higgins is expected to make significant announcements about HS2 in Leeds this morning.

Mr Higgins will be presenting his report on the project, and will give recommendations on the second phase, which runs from Birmingham to Leeds and goes through the East Midlands.

It is believed he will announce that a suggested route for the high-speed service through Stoke-on-Trent will be dumped in favour of a hub at Crewe, on the western arm of the 'Y'-shaped northern route.

It is rumoured that he will recommend that plans for a high-speed rail link in Nottinghamshire should be moved to Derbyshire. It was originally proposed that the HS2 station should be at Toton Sidings, but there may be new plans to try to link HS2 to existing rail lines serving Nottingham and Derby.

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Coventry to stage Monaco-style motorsport racing

Monaco-style street racing is set to come to Coventry next year, becoming the first city in recent times to stage competitive motorsport on its public roads in the UK.

The city council has given the go ahead to the racing by using new government laws designed to allow cities to host motorsport events.

Coventry's ring road Credit: ITV News Central

British Formula 3 cars and British Touring Car Championship cars will be among the vehicles used.

The organisers of the Coventry Motofest 2015 event will stage competitive time trials on Coventry's ring road following on from the Government's decision to grant councils powers to turn public roads into temporary racetracks.

Racing will be subject to approval by the Motosport Industry Association (MIA).

Action in the pouring rain as the cars speed around Birmingham streets in 1986 Credit: Sport and General/S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport

The last time competitive motor racing came to a Midlands city was the Birmingham Superprix in the 1980s.

Sponsored by Halfords, racers competed around a street circuit in Birmingham city centre from 1986 to 1990.

A British Touring car Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

"We are so excited to announce competitive motor sport on the Coventry Ring Road.

With Coventry's rich motoring heritage and history, it feels like the right fit to be racing in Coventry and we can't wait to make it happen."

– James Noble, Motofest Festival Director

"I'm really delighted that we will see some competitive time trials on our iconic Ring Road as part of Motofest next year.

We have a rich motoring history and I don't believe there is a more appropriate city to host an event like this. Our city centre was transformed into a showcase celebration of the city's rich motoring history but this event also provides a glimpse into our automotive future."

– Cllr Abdul Khan, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Sports, Parks and Events

Exclusive interview with Uganda's president

Businesses in the East Midlands are being urged to invest in Uganda, a country which ordered tens of thousands of Asians to leave more than 40 years ago.

Potential investors met with President Yoweri Museveni last night who said the country was safe, stable and prosperous. In an exclusive interview with our reporter Rajiv Popat, the President said there was no chance of history repeating itself.

JCB to cut 150 office jobs due to global order decline

JCB is to cut 150 office jobs in the UK because of a decline in global orders for its diggers.

A general view of the JCB World Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

The company said the roles would go mainly from the firms base in Staffordshire but other sites could also be affected.

A consultation has begun with staff about redundancies. A decision is expected before Christmas.

Ugandan President appeals to businesses in East Midlands

The President of Uganda has appealed to businesses in the East Midlands to invest in Uganda, after the country ordered tens of thousands of Asians to leave more than 40 years ago.

Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni appeals to businesses in the East Midlands Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Potential investors who met with the president included Jaffar Kapasi, a prominent Leicester Asian businessman.

President Museveni said the country was safe, stable and prosperous and there was no chance of history repeating itself.

He also stated Uganda's economy has been growing at a rate of 6.5 per cent for the last 28 years, and is expected to grow in double digits over the coming years.

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Study: Manufacturing is 'major factor' in region's economy

Manufacturing is responsible for more than half of the West Midlands' economy, despite reports of its demise, according to a new review out today.

Manufacturing is responsible for more than half the West Midlands' economy Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Manufacturing makes an estimated 53 per cent contribution both directly and indirectly to the region's economy, and 30 per cent to the UK as a whole, according to a study by the West Midlands Economic Forum at Birmingham City University.

The findings comes as The Office for National Statistics today hosts an event on The Changing Shape of UK Manufacturing.

Stage festival to celebrate tramline completion

Businesses in Nottinghamshire which say trade has been damaged because of works to build a new tramline, have held a street festival to celebrate the completion of the works.

Members of a rock choir singing at today's event Credit: Sarah McCaig-Deeley, ITV News Central

Shopkeepers on Beeston's Chilwell Road say they want to welcome shoppers back to the area. For months, the row of independent stores and restaurants has been cut off from through-traffic. But organisers of today's event say things are about to get better, and that despite the disruption the tram will eventually help local businesses.

It was held in conjunction with the Oxjam Beeston Music Festival, which features more than 70 local artists and bands at 12 venues across Beeston.

The crowds turn out for today's festivities Credit: Sarah McCaig-Deeley, ITV News Central

Thousands of Midlanders to join pay march

Thousands of people from the Midlands will travel to London later to join protests calling for a pay rise.

Unions say people are facing the biggest squeeze on their incomes since Victorian times Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS Entertainment

The demonstrations in London have been organised by the TUC under the banner 'Britain Needs A Pay Rise'.

It follows several days of industrial action by public sector workers from in the region, with nurses, midwives and civil servants taking part.

The government says that the economy is growing. But that is not true for most people’s pay packets.

For women the situation is particularly bleak.

In some parts of Birmingham, such as Erdington and Perry Barr, half the women with part-time jobs earn less than the living wage.

– Frances O'Grady, TUC
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