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HS2 tunnel extension could lead to 7,000 jobs being created

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin with David Cameron Credit: PA

A tunnel on the proposed route of HS2 could be extended to enable plans for a major development to go ahead near to East Midlands Airport, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced today.

Concerns were raised by Leicestershire County Council and MP for North West Leicestershire, Andrew Bridgen, that the proposed line could affect plans for a Strategic Rail Freight Interchange depot next to the airport.

The initial preferred route would have seen the new rail line cross the site of the proposed interchange, which has the potential to create 7,000 jobs in the region.

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