Erewash councillors have discussed 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 have asked for further analysis of 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 at the meeting said 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 Bostock’s 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.

Councillors agreed 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.

It was also agreed that the council should 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 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, says:

“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 our discussion and decisions at the Executive meeting demonstrates clearly that we are committed to ensuring our views are known.”

• Read full details of the report via the Council Executive agenda.