Dismay that scheme could see end to £300m warehouse plan
WHILE the announcement of the second phase of HS2 has been broadly welcomed in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, the scheme does have its detractors.
The loudest opposition so far has come from Leicestershire – which will see HS2 run through the county.
There are fears that the area could see little economic benefit from the scheme – and that the route of HS2 could scupper plans by Roxhill to create a £300 million warehousing development on farmland north of East Midlands Airport that would create around 6,000 jobs.
North West Leicestershire MP Andrew Bridgen said: "I'm disappointed the DfT doesn't appear to have taken into account the proposed Strategic Rail Freight Interchange is right in the middle of the published route.
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"I already have concerns about the cost of HS2, damage to the countryside and whether it would rebalance the regional economy as planned. We would suffer all of the pain and have none of the gain."
A spokesman for Leicestershire County Council said: "We are concerned about the possible adverse impact on communities and the Roxhill development, plus questions about how Leicestershire passengers can connect with the HS2 service."
More than 70 groups oppose HS2. StopHS2 has argued that England's north and Midlands will lose out to London, rather than benefit, and that projections do not take into account competition from conventional rail.
Other opponents object on the grounds that HS2 will cut through picturesque countryside, and 18 councils along the route have said taxpayers cannot afford the line.