Erewash Borough Council tell HS2 bosses what it wants

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Erewash Borough Council will tell HS2 Ltd of the package of measures it would like to see put in place for Long Eaton when the high speed rail route is developed through the town to the planned Toton hub.

The council’s hoped for package of measures feature in a key ‘Area Plan’ document which sets out the developments needed to enable the borough to tap into the benefits of HS2 - and also to minimise the harm of the high speed project to local businesses and residents.

The plan features a list of proposed transport measures that includes raising the HS2 line through Long Eaton to prevent it cutting the town in two, principal road access to the Toton hub car park from the A52; and a new direct link road from Long Eaton to the Hub via an extension to Midland Street.

Councillor Michael Powell, lead member for regeneration and planning, said: “It is very early days, but we felt it was vital to be setting down our thoughts to HS2 Ltd right from the start. We need to look at ways of maximising the benefits it could bring and work to ensure this borough does tap into the positives. But, most importantly, we also need to be fighting to minimise the potential harm to both residents and borough. That is why we have worked to put together this plan, to let HS2 know what we would like them to provide when they bring the high speed line to our borough.”

The council has also identified a range of opportunities for job creation that could be generated by HS2 which include: redeveloping the area around the low level rail line for new businesses developing investment plans for Long Eaton town centre and Sandiacre centre to enable them to act as gateways to the Toton Hub.

Since the preferred high speed rail route was published, the council has talked with the Department for Transport, Network Rail, HS2 Ltd, Highways England and other partners.