HS2 consultation continues

Businesses in the East Midlands are being told of the potential benefits HS2 will bring as transport minister Lord Deighton visits engineers in Loughborough. Is comes after the plans were branded a "political trophy project" by Lord Mandelson.

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Lord defends out-of-town HS2 station locations

Treasury Minister Lord Deighton has defended the location of proposed HS2 stations against critics who question why many of them are out of urban centres.

He insisted the controversial new Toton station, between Nottingham and Derby, would benefit the region as a whole.

He spoke to ITV News Central as he met with business leaders and with engineering students from Loughborough University, urging them to get behind the project.

Minister to try to win over engineering students on HS2

Businesses in the East Midlands will be told about the potential benefits of the new high-speed rail link between London and the north at an event today.

The controversial plans will be discussed today Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

Transport minister Lord Deighton will be visiting engineering students in Loughborough, while staff working on HS2 will be at an open meeting in Long Eaton.

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Metro and park and rides to benefit from £320m

A total of £320million has been secured by transport bosses in the West Midlands as part of a programme of works to milk the benefits of HS2.

The range of improvements will kick off an estimated £2billion of works across the region, and are set to take place between 2015 and 2019.

They include:

  • Extending the Midland Metro tram from St George's in Wolverhampton to the city's rail station, and from Birmingham New Street to Centenary Square
  • Electrifying the rail lines between Walsall and Rugeley, and between Coventry and Leamington Spa
  • Building a new railway station at Kenilworth
  • Expanding park and ride sites and local rail stations
  • Introducing a tram-style rapid bus system called SPRINT along the Hagley Road in Birmingham
  • Improving the area between New Street and Moor Street railway stations in Birmingham to create a "One Station" zone

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Series of HS2 consultation events to be held

Today's public consultation event in Staffordshire, will kick off three months of meetings to give people more information on what phase two of HS2 will mean for the Midlands.

After the meeting in Yarnfield Park, Stone, between noon and 8pm today, events will be held in the following places:

  • Tomorrow: noon - 8pm at Armitage with Handsacre Village Hall, Shropshire Brook Road, Rugeley
  • Saturday: 10am - 5pm at Whitmore & District Village Hall, Coneygreave Lane, Whitmore, Newcastle-under-Lyme
  • Nov 6: noon - 8pm at The Madeley Centre, New Road, Madeley, Staffordshire
  • Nov 15: noon - 8pm at Westpark Leisure Centre, Wilsthorpe Road, Long Eaton
  • Nov 16: 10am - 5pm at Westpark Leisure Centre, Wilsthorpe Road, Long Eaton
  • Nov 30: 10am - 5pm at Bilborough College, College Way, Nottingham
  • Dec 4: noon - 8pm at Tamworth Assembly Rooms, Corporation Street, Tamworth
  • Dec 5: noon - 8pm at Hood Park Leisure Centre, North Street, Ashby de la Zouch
  • Dec 10: noon - 8pm at Staffordshire Show Ground, Weston Road, Stafford
  • Dec 13: noon - 8pm at Crewe Alexandra Football Club, Gresty Road, Cheshire
  • Dec 14: 10am - 5pm at Crewe Alexandra Football Club, Gresty Road, Cheshire

Consultation event over phase two of HS2

Twelve consultation events will be held across the Midlands in the coming weeks to discuss the proposed phase two of the HS2 rail link.

Phase two will consist of two legs - an eastern route connecting Birmingham to Leeds via the East Midlands, and a western route to Manchester.

A public consultation on phase two of HS2 will be held in Stone today Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

The public consultations in the region will begin to day with an event in Stone.

People will be able to head to Yarnfield Park in Yarnfield Lane between noon and 8pm this evening.

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