Erewash asks for HS2 package

Published on: Saturday, 12th September 2015

Erewash Borough Council is to tell HS2 Ltd of the package of measures it would like to see put in place for the Long Eaton area when the high speed rail route is developed through the town to the planned Toton hub.

The council's hoped for package of measures feature in a key 'Area Plan' document which sets out the developments needed to enable the borough to tap into the benefits of HS2 - and also to minimise the harm of the high speed project to local businesses and residents.

The Plan features a list of proposed transport measures that includes raising the HS2 line through Long Eaton to prevent it cutting the town in two, principal road access to the Toton hub car park from the A52; and a new direct link road from Long Eaton to the Hub via an extension to Midland Street.

In addition, the council has identified a range of opportunities for job creation that could be generated by HS2 which include:

  • redeveloping the area around the low level rail line for new businesses
  • developing investment plans for Long Eaton town centre and Sandiacre centre to enable them to act as gateways to the Toton Hub.

Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council's Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, said: "It is very early days, but we felt it was vital to be setting down our thoughts to HS2 Ltd right from the start. We need to look at ways of maximising the benefits it could bring and work to ensure this borough does tap into the positives. But, most importantly, we also need to be fighting to minimise the potential harm to both residents and borough. That is why we have worked to put together this Area Plan, to let HS2 know what we would like them to provide when they bring the high speed line to our borough.

Since the preferred high speed rail route was published, the council has talked with representatives of the Department for Transport, Network Rail, HS2 Ltd, Highways England and other partners and local authorities. Those discussions helped shape the proposals of the Area Plan, along with discussions with representative of the Long Eaton business community.

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