High speed rail could skirt to the east of Ripley if a business proposal to link Derby with the controversial HS2 line is approved.
Derby City Council has put forward plans to the Department of Transport that the East Midlands link of the line be placed in the city - instead of Toton as previously announced.
But if their model is given the go-ahead - the most likely route north would go straight past Belper, Ripley and Alfreton as the line heads to Leeds.
Leader of Derby City Council Paul Bayliss, said: “Derby City Council commissioned a study into the line of route options for HS2, including Derby and Toton.
“This study was submitted to the Department for Transport. The study demonstrated that the Derby option is more sustainable than Toton in generating thousands of jobs for the region and greater economic benefits of just under £500 million.
We are now looking at the Department for Transport consultation to see what has changed after the discussions over the last few years when Derby was the preferred option, and will then respond to that consultation to make the case for Derby.
“We will ensure that regardless of the final decision on the route and station, we maximise the benefits of having HS2 for the city of Derby and ensure that appropriate linkages are in place between major cities such as Derby and Nottingham and the HS2 station.”
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