HS2: Toton now the only location being considered for high speed East Midlands hub
Toton is the only location being considered for the East Midlands HS2 hub, it has been revealed today.
Following a meeting of the East Midlands HS2 Strategic Board in Nottingham, a spokesman for HS2 confirmed the Toton site is now the only location being considered for the hub.
Previously, planners had considered a proposal to use Breaston, just over the Derbyshire border, as the hub, but it has now been confirmed that the location is no longer being considered by HS2 Ltd.
The HS2 high-speed rail line is set to connect London to Birmingham by 2016.
The second phase – due to open in 2033 – will extend the line from the West Midlands to Manchester and Leeds, with the Leeds line running through the East Midlands.
Anna Soubry, MP for Broxtowe, has welcomed the news. She said: “The announcement is fantastic news for not only Toton, but for the entire constituency. HS2 will bring commercial development, jobs and growth to the area.”
“It is vital that we now work with HS2 Ltd to optimise the Toton location and meet the region’s aspirations for growth and connectivity.”
While there is still assurance work to do on the Toton site, the proposal will now be taken to the HS2 Board and will form part of the advice taken to ministers who will make the final decision on the route.
Peter Richardson, chairman of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “An HS2 hub station at Toton represents a huge economic opportunity for the D2N2 area.
“We need to make sure we have plans and proposals in place, which can maximize job creation locally and across the wider surrounding area, as well as implementation structures delivering effectively on the ground.”