We need tram link to reap benefits of HS2 - with maps and poll
BUSINESS leaders have demanded that the Government invests in a tram link to the proposed location of a station on the High Speed 2 rail route, warning that the project could fall flat if there is no Derby connection.
But leading city council figures are still hopeful of seeing the HS2 station sited in Derby and said that they would try to find money to help make that possible.
Yesterday, ministers announced that Toton Sidings, near the M1, would be the location for an East Midlands station on HS2, a high speed rail line which is capable of carrying trains travelling at up to 225mph.
But critics in Derby have warned that the project could be an "expensive white elephant" if there is no link to Toton.
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While welcoming the scheme, John Forkin, managing director of Marketing Derby, said it was "critical" the city had a tram link to the HS2 station. He said: "If a link was not created then HS2 could cause even greater problems on the roads."
Derby and Derbyshire Rail Forum, which represents rail companies in the region, said that ministers should now explore ways to connect Toton to both Derby and Nottingham.
Meanwhile, there was concern the announced rail route puts 6,000 jobs at risk.
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