Erewash HS2 campaign group to host public meeting

An artists impression of a HS2 train crossing a canal.
An artists impression of a HS2 train crossing a canal.

Campaigners angry over the proposed route of the HS2 high-speed rail line through Erewash are to host a public meeting to rally support.

The rail project received government backing in November, when it was announced that Toton, near Stapleford, would be the siting for the so-called ‘East Midlands Hub’.

Consultation is ongoing on the government’s preferred route, which calls for an elevated line through Long Eaton. Residents and activists argue such plans would effectively “cut the town in half”.

The Stop HS2 Erewash campaign group has organised a public meeting at Long Eaton’s West Park Leisure Centre on Thursday March 9, at 7pm.

A group spokesman said the meeting would reveal the “terrifying truths” about the project and its impact on the town and community, featuring independent analysis and information highlighting the environmental and economic impact.

Ben Timberley, from Stop HS2 Erewash, said: “The government plans for HS2 have completely ignored the concerns and needs of the people of Erewash.

“They have paid millions of pounds to have HS2 Ltd act as a ‘sales agency’ for the project by ‘spinning’ every bit of information they can to make it sound like a good thing for the community – but the people of Long Eaton and Erewash aren’t daft.”

The campaign says it will also reveal crucial support from a range of community groups, businesses, political groups and high-profile individuals, and seek to recruit volunteers and expertise from the community.