County backs HS2 rail plans

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Plans for a 50 billion pound high speed rail network have been backed by Derbyshire County Council in its official response to an ongoing consultation on the scheme.

The proposed Birmingham to Leeds leg of the controversial HS2 route is expected to follow the M1 corridor and sweep past South Normaton, Pinxton and Selston, providing the station for the East Midlands is sited at Toton, Nottinghamshire.

However last year Derby City Council launched an alternative bid for a £50 million city centre station, which would takenear to bRipley and Alfreton as the line heads to Leeds.

Derbyshire County Council has previously dismissed the idea of a city centre station in favour of the preferred stop at Toton.

In its response to the consultation the authority says the line will provide a major economic boost, but urges rail chief to mitigate any negative impacts - including the proximity of the line to a proposed extension of the East Midlands Designer Outlet retail park in South Normanton.

Deputy cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport Cllr Andy Botham, said::“Our response is focused on the need to make the most of the economic benefits and other opportunities that HS2 presents and to press hard for changes and measures that reduce the adverse effects of the scheme.”