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Pre-HS2 Midlands upgrades urged

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A raft of infrastructure improvements in the East Midlands should be made ahead of the completion of High Speed 2 (HS2), a report has urged.

Think tank the Independent Transport Commission (ITC) said a number of projects were needed to spread the economic benefits of the proposed Toton station.

Phase 2 of High Speed 2 will see the rapid rail link built from Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester, with stops in Crewe, Sheffield and the East Midlands.

“As a regional hub station at Toton, the East Mid­lands will need to make essential improvements to their heavy rail and local/regional transport links in order to ensure that the economic benefits asso­ciated with the arrival of HS2 are equitably spread across the region,” said the ITC report.

“However, due to the dispersed nature of the surrounding settlements, adequate car parking facilities at the new HS2 station will be required to feed passengers into the train services, which will require extra attention given to the spatial attractiveness of the station environment.”

The study called for improved rail infrastructure and an extension of the Nottingham tram system.

Read the full report – which analyses the opportunities for each region affected by HS2 – here.


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