In 2009, the then Government announced plans to establish a High Speed (HS) rail network north of London which would link the nation’s capital to Birmingham - resulting in much-reduced journey times between the two cities.
Subsequently, plans were released in 2010 which proposed a further expansion of the High Speed network. North of Birmingham, this would see routes diverge in a ‘Y’ shaped formation, with the western leg serving the city of Manchester, whilst the eastern leg will extend HS2 to the city of Leeds.
Draft proposals from the Government and HS2 Ltd, a company formed to oversee the delivery of the High Speed network, showed the eastern route of HS2 passing through Long Eaton before exiting Erewash and entering the Toton Sidings site just inside neighbouring Broxtowe Borough. These proposals were of significant interest to Erewash Borough Council. Also of great importance was a planned ‘hub’ station at Toton which would serve the East Midlands region.
In response to these plans, Erewash Borough Council has prepared a non-statutory Masterplan showing how land in the vicinity of the hub station could be developed, new transport connections established and existing links strengthened. Given the impact HS2 is likely to have in Long Eaton, the creation of the Toton HS2 Hub Station Area Plan has enabled the Council to present its aspirations for development needed to maximise the benefits and minimise the harm of the scheme to local businesses and residents.
Council Executive approved the Toton Hub Station Masterplan for use as non-statutory policy on September 10 2015.
Further updates on the HS2 scheme will be added to this page as they become available.