The Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council Councillor Alan Rhodes has issued the following statement on Toton becoming the preferred option for a HS2 station in the East Midlands.
“Nottinghamshire County Council has always been fully committed, 100 per cent, to Toton as we believe that a hub there would serve both Nottingham and Derby,"
“Toton would provide excellent overall connectivity for Nottinghamshire as a whole – including places to the north of the county like Kirkby and Mansfield – and bring enormous economic benefits, as well as improving travel time for passengers.
“Bringing HS2 to Nottinghamshire, combined with the dualling of the A453, will help make our county a place where businesses can flourish.”
The final decision on where the East Midlands station will be built will be made by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin MP, who will set out how the Government plans to take Phase Two of the high speed rail project forward later this year.
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Business leaders from Birmingham are to present what they call an 'overwhelming' business case for bringing high speed rail to the city.
The CEO of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, Jerry Blackett, is to give evidence in Manchester to the Lords' Economic Affairs Committee, which is examining the economic impact of HS2.
He's expected to tell the committee that 80% of people in a recent survey said the project will have a positive impact on the West Midlands.
Business leaders in Birmingham have welcomed reports of a proposed investment from the Qatari royal family in the city's planned HS2 station.
The Emir of Qatar visited the UK last month, and reportedly told Prime Minister David Cameron that the Gulf state were particularly interested in investing in the regeneration planned in central Birmingham.
The Curzon Street station would become one of the largest new stations in Britain for over a century, if the plans for the HS2 station were to come to fruition.
The plans there also include building 2,000 homes and 600,000 square metres of office space in the area.
We should celebrate that any major development in Birmingham attracts global interest so it is no surprise that Curzon Street is attracting widespread attention. It was always the case that HS2 would need to be backed by private investment.
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The HS2 task force say the East Midlands could miss out on a high speed rail link from north to south, unless politicians can come to a broad agreement on where it should be based.
At a conference today in Loughborough, delegates heard compelling arguments from all sides.
Toton in Nottinghamshire had been a preferred option, but now Breaston in Derbyshire is looking a possibility.
No decision is expected until after the General Election. Todays summit was all about winning hearts and minds.