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.
The East Midlands HS2 Growth Strategy, which was produced by East Midlands Councils in September 2017, sets out a vision for localised economic growth and infrastructure improvements associated with HS2. Please note that this is not a council document and any questions should be directed to East Midlands Councils via email@example.com or Tel 01664 502620.
Full Council approved the Erewash Borough Council HS2 Mitigation Plan on 13th December 2018. This is the Council’s formal response to the HS2 Phase 2b Working Draft Environmental Statement.
Furthermore, a study which was commissioned by Midlands Connect, considers seven options to improve connectivity throughout Long Eaton. These options have been devised to reduce delays on the road network, provide the necessary infrastructure to accommodate HS2 and minimise community disruption across the local area. The document can be found here.
Further updates on the HS2 scheme will be added to this page as they become available. In the interim, further information including detailed maps are available at www.gov.uk/HS2 or via their helpdesk: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 08081 434 434. There is also a Freephone mini-com number for callers with hearing and speech difficulties 08081 456 472.