Have your say on high speed rail proposals

An example of the high speed 'HS2' train which could tear up the Erewash Valley.
An example of the high speed 'HS2' train which could tear up the Erewash Valley.

A major consultation event will give Ripley and Heanor folk the chance to grill experts on the under fire HS2 railway plan this December.

The £50 billion network aims to provide super fast trains between London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester by the year 2032.

HS2, the limited company being employed by the Government to deliver the project, had previously announced the East Midlands would be best served by a station in Toton.

Maps on the company’s website show the route north from the Nottinghamshire village would skirt just to the east of Selston, Pinxton and South Normanton.

However a spokesperson for HS2 told the news it is still considering Derby City Council’s proposal for a multi-million pound station in the city, saying “no final decision has been taken yet.”

If the city authority’s bid is approved the line would likely head north of Derby right between Ripley and Heanor.

Folk will get the chance to have their say on the proposals at an event at the Post Mill Centre, Market Street, South Normanton, on Monday, December 9, from 12pm until 8pmd deliver .

A report announced this week by accountants KPMG, says the HS2 rail project could boost the UK economy by £15bn a year.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin presented the findings as he reasserted the case for the new rail line, saying regions outside London will be the biggest beneficiaries of the service by 2037.

But campaign groups against the scheme including the HS2 Action Alliance, have questioned the figures, saying only major cities will benefit.

Hilary Whary of HS2AA called the report a rabbit out of the hat’, saying: “Betting £50 billion on a single train line being the solution to the economic woes of the country outside of London really is irresponsible.”