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East Midlands Conservatives are worried that the Toton parkway could be removed from the HS2 project.

Anna Soubry MP – Fears that Toton will lose HS2 Hub

Sunday, 5 October, 2014

There are rumours that the East Midlands HS2 Hub may not be sited at Toton. If this is the case, then this is bad news for Broxtowe. If the route of the line is accordingly changed so it avoids parts of Trowell, Nuthall and in particular Strelley Village, that will be welcomed, but, losing the East Midlands Hub would be a real blow.

All three political parties on the Borough, City and County Councils have quite rightly backed the original plans to site the Hub at Toton Sidings; it promises huge economic, as well as transport benefits, to Broxtowe and indeed Greater Nottingham.

As you know I have campaigned with groups like SB2020 to make sure Broxtowe Borough Council did all it could to promote Toton as the site for the Hub. We have therefore campaigned against the Borough’s plans to allow a minimum of 500 houses to be built on the Green Belt land next to the Sidings and rejected their plans for second rate economic development at the site as it lacks vision and world class quality.

Both Richard Jackson, the leader of the Conservatives on the Borough Council, and I have said that it has never been certain that the Hub would be sited at Toton and have warned that Broxtowe’s plans could scupper the Hub coming to Broxtowe. Our views have been dismissed and derided.

I am told that a report will be published in the next few weeks. I very much hope we have not lost the East Midlands Hub at Toton but if we have, I hope it is not as a result of the Borough Council’s plans.

I will of course keep you updated.

Written by beleben

October 5, 2014 at 10:43 am

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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  1. Shed no tears if HS2 drops the stop at Toton. What matters is how the HS2 Leeds fork is straightened out without it. It’ll miss the potential economic driver of the region, East Midlands Airport, but could it stop in Derby and gather the Midland Main line instead?

    Michael Wand

    October 5, 2014 at 8:46 pm

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