Council leaders to meet with HS2 to discuss benefits

Bosses at HS2 Ltd will meet with local business, transport and council leaders to outline how they believe the East Midlands can capitalise on the project.

The board will discuss how local transport links can be developed, and how the second phase of the planned HS2 rail line - which would cut through the region en route to Manchester - could boost the economy and increase the number of jobs available.

The proposed site of the HS2 East Midlands Hub in Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA

It comes just days after HS2 chairman David Higgins said he believed the new high speed rail link could be completed by 2030 - three years ahead of schedule.

Leaders of Derbyshire County Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham City Council, Derby City Council and Broxtowe Borough Council are among those expected to attend.