HS2 transport options discussed

Published on: Tuesday, 9th July 2019

Erewash councillors were due to discuss emerging proposals for transport routes through the borough to the planned HS2 Hub Station at Toton.

Members of the borough council’s Executive met on Tuesday 16th July to decide on three recommendations and ensure the council’s position is clear for further talks with the relevant transport bodies and authorities.

The recommendations follow an East Midlands Connectivity Study which looked at:

  • Ways to resolve congestion at Junction 25 of the M1 in Long Eaton
  • Options to create a transport link between Derby and the Toton hub
  • The possibilities for providing a link road from Long Eaton to the hub station.

Councillors were expected to support improvements to J25 of the M1, providing the work does not require demolition of any homes or have an unacceptable impact on local residents.

A report submitted to the meeting says the study into three possible schemes found that a ‘Direct Option’ is the most likely choice.  This proposes a complex series of slip roads and a block on traffic being able to use Bostocks Lane for Long Eaton, with a new ‘local traffic sub junction’ proposed where the M1 crosses Longmoor Lane, but the report raises concerns about the impact on nearby residents and says further investigations are needed.

In a second recommendation, councillors were expected to oppose proposals for a tram to run to Derby along the route of the Derby and Sandiacre Canal on the basis that other options may be better and need to be explored before any final decision is made.

In a final recommendation, the council was set to call for further consideration of a through road from Midland Street in Long Eaton to the Toton hub.  The direct access road from Long Eaton has already been requested by the council, but in the report to next week’s meeting it says a more in-depth understanding of the impact of an all-traffic through route versus a public transport only link needs to be gained.

Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, said: “We have already submitted to HS2 Ltd a detailed list of the wide ranging measures we want to see implemented to lessen the impact of the high speed rail on Long Eaton and the surrounding area.

“We also continue to work hard with neighbouring authorities and key partners to get the best result for Erewash. This latest study into the transport network is a crucial one and the report...to our Executive meeting demonstrates clearly that we are committed to ensuring our views are known.”

  • Residents can read full details of the report via the Council Executive agenda for the meeting at www.erewash.gov.uk

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