Businesses plea for high-speed rail

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firms in Amber Valley are backing plans to bring high-speed rail to the East Midlands.

The £33bn rail link proposals were announced by the last government in March and the coalition has been examining the plans.

Trains would travel at more than 200mph, cutting journey times between the cities by about 30 minutes.

The Coalition Government will finish its consultations about whether to bring the network to the East Midlands tomorrow. In a poll conducted by The Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, 70 per cent of companies in the borough believe their business will benefit from quicker journey times to London and other UK core cities.

George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Chamber, said: “These figures demonstrate the support of business at a local level for bringing a High Speed Rail hub to the East Midlands. Poor transport infrastructure in Britain has held back the country’s ability to take full advantage of opportunities to grow its businesses.”