High-speed trains will not benefit Derby, according to poll
THE majority of Derby Telegraph readers believe that High Speed 2 will not bring any benefits to the city, an online poll has found.
The results of the survey on the paper's website, thisis derbyshire.co.uk, showed that out of 487 votes cast, 45% (221) felt that the high-speed rail route, which will pass through the East Midlands, would be good for the city.
But 55% (266) said they believed Derby would not receive any benefit from the £32 billion scheme.
On Monday, the Government published details of the second phase of HS2, which includes a link between Birmingham and Leeds.
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The route, capable of carrying trains travelling up to 225mph, would pass through the East Midlands, between Derby and Nottingham.
However, city leaders have spoken out against plans for the Department for Transport to site a HS2 station at Toton Sidings, 10 miles from Derby. The city council had put together a business case, which it presented to the Government, showing that a station in Derby would have brought the greatest economic benefit.
City council leader Paul Bayliss has vowed to fight the proposals and is urging the Government to reconsider its plans. The city has also warned that if the Government sticks with Toton, then HS2 could end up becoming a "white elephant" if transport links between Derby and Toton are not improved. Suggestions include installing a high-speed tram link.
The route and the proposed location of the station has prompted a lively debate on thisisderbyshire.co.uk.
DerbyBNB posted: "What's the point when you still have to get to Toton from Derby?
"By the time you've left your house/office and got there any time saving will have been lost. What we need are more carriages on the current lines, better standards of carriages and an upgrade of the current lines."
But Owain_Morgan said: "Fantastic news, I think. Also hoping Long Eaton will get a bit of a facelift when they start developing."