HS2 will skim past region

Super fast trains could be skirting just east of Pinxton and Selston by 2032 according to maps released this week of phase two of the controversial HS2 high speed rail line.

The proposed route goes north from Birmingham along two branches, with new stations at Toton near Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester and Manchester Airport. If the preferred route of the £32billion project is approved, it will run alongside the M1 motorway as it passes the two villages.

Fears that the line would head through the heart of the Amber Valley countryside have proved unfounded - but those hoping to make use of the 250mph commute to the capital or the northern regions from the Ripley and Heanor area will have to between 10 and 20 miles to the nearest station.

Leader of Derbyshire County Council Cllr Andrew Lewer has initially welcomed the plans. He said: “We welcome the idea that the East Midlands station will be at Toton. It will impact on Derbyshire in a number of different ways, though, and we recognise some residents will have concerns.”

Chair of campaign group Stop HS2, Penny Gaines, argues that the line will only serve London. She said: “Stop HS2 is firmly of the opinion that the whole HS2 project is fundamentally flawed. It should be cancelled as soon as possible.”