Connecting East Midlands Airport, HS2 and the regions

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UNITED KINGDOM: Proposals for a new GBP820m link between East Midlands Airport and the Midland Mainline by 2040 are key elements of a GBP2.7bn programme to connect more of the East Midlands region to the planned HS2 high-speed rail project.

Part of a 25-year masterplan designed to “revolutionise” transport across the East Midlands, the plans include a GBP150m proposal to allow four trains/hour linking Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Derby with the new HS2 terminal at Toton, and extending the Nottingham Express Transit light rail system from Long Eaton to Toton Lane.

A new East Midlands Airport railway station would allow journey times to Loughborough of nine minutes and to Leicester in 15 minutes. Current public transport provision to the airport includes buses and the East Midlands Parkway railway station on the Midlands Mainline a few miles away, which is poorly used.

The proposals tie in with the East Midlands Development Corporation’s plans to support 84,000 ‘high-value’ jobs and 4500 homes at key sites close to the new Toton HS2 station, including East Midlands Airport, the former Chetwynd Barracks and Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station.

Sir John Peace, Chair of Midlands Connect and Midlands Engine, said: “The arrival of HS2 is a watershed moment for our region, and an opportunity that we must grasp with both hands.

“As we work towards an economic renewal post-COVID-19, the East Midlands must step forward and work together to secure the transport network, economic future and social mobility it deserves.

“This truly integrated transport strategy isn’t just about connecting more people to the HS2 station; it will also support the building of new homes, accelerate transformational regeneration and link some of our most deprived communities to nationally-important assets across the East Midlands.

“Our message to Westminster is clear; support us in making this vision a reality.”