Business chiefs in Derbyshire have welcomed a report by HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins which suggests accelerating building work on the northern section of the project.
In the report, called HS2 Plus, Sir David said that the second phase of the £50 billion project, intended to take the line to northern England by 2033, should instead be completed by 2030.
George Cowcher, chief executive of the Chamber of Commerce for Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, said: “What we don’t want is for Birmingham or Crewe and Manchester to get the improved connectivity of HS2 and for the East Midlands and Yorkshire never to see it. Work on the route should be carried out in both directions simultaneously to ensure the project is delivered ahead of the original schedule and within budget - there can be no blank cheque. It is essential that this decision is made as soon as possible so that work can begin on the necessary infrastructure and other connectivity with the new line.”