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Station needed for HS2 benefit

Concept designs of what the HS2 train could look like, giving passengers a 21st Century experience.

Concept designs of what the HS2 train could look like, giving passengers a 21st Century experience.

Selston councillors have taken their fight for the local area to benefit from the proposed HS2 railway to a public consultation.

HS2 is aimed at improving travel up and down the country by linking major cities.

But councillors Gail Turner, who attended a consultation event in about the line in South Normanton last week, says there will be no benefits to Selston unless the village has a railway link.

Gail Turner, Nottinghamshire County councillor for Selston Area Independents, said: “Developments that we had secured planning permission for can’t happen now because it is on the HS2 preferred route. One development would have brought 100 jobs to the area that are now lost. Transportation in the area is poor, particularly in Selston and Pinxton.

“We believe we should be asking for investment for railway stations to be set up so people can get down to Nottingham and Toton.”

Cllr Turner said stations at Jacksdale and Selston could be placed along the existing Mineral Line which leads to the Robin Hood Line, which in turn could make access HS2 is possible.

The Government has deposited a bill with Parliament for phase one of HS2 between London and the West Midlands and it has now started to look into Phase Two from West Midlands to the north.

 

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