1. LEVELLING UP
Mind the Gap: HS2 East, September 2020 [online here]
An analysis of social and economic outcomes shows that the delivery of HS2’s Eastern Leg, in full, from Birmingham, to Toton, Chesterfield, Sheffield and Leeds is essential in fulfilling Government’s levelling-up agenda.
Communities surrounding the Eastern Leg of Phase 2b suffer from lower productivity, receive less transport investment and are home to more social deprivation ‘cold spots’ than communities surrounding the Western Leg of Phase 2b, as well as falling well below the UK average.
• The East Midlands receives the lowest transport spend per head of anywhere in the UK (£245), 49 per cent below UK average (£483) and less than a quarter of that allocated in London (£1019). If the East Midlands was funded in line with the UK average, it would receive £1billion extra to spend on transport each year.
• Communities along HS2’s Eastern Leg suffer from lower productivity both compared to the UK average (-24%) and compared to communities along the Western Leg of HS2 (-10%)
• The East Midlands has 42% of England’s social deprivation cold spots, despite only having 23% of its population. These areas of deprivation are highly correlated to areas experiencing transport poverty.
• HS2’s Eastern leg will address inequalities, by catalysing huge regeneration schemes across the East Midlands, Yorkshire and North East, creating over 150,000 highly-skilled jobs – 84,000 at Toton alone.
Access to Toton: Midlands Connect, May 2020 [online here]
A strategic transport plan to support, accelerate and maximise the benefits of HS2’s arrival in the East Midlands. This strategy uses HS2 as a platform to hugely improve local transport networks as well as linking over 20 villages, towns and cities across the region to the Toton station site. It will act to bring communities closer together, linking deprived areas to jobs and opportunity.
Phase One of the scheme can be delivered and operational within the next decade, prior to the opening of the HS2 East Midlands Hub, and would cost £455 million. For every £1 spent, this phase would deliver over £4 in economic benefits for local communities, enabling more than half a million local people to access HS2 and the associated employment opportunities nearby, linked to East Midlands Development Corporation.
Access to Toton fits with a wider Midlands Engine Rail body of work. These schemes will act to bring communities closer together, linking deprived areas to jobs and opportunities and boosting east-west connectivity.
Phase One Cost: £455 million Delivery: next decade (before HS2)
• More conventional rail connections to Toton from Derby, Nottingham and Leicester – four an hour which could deliver revolutionary change in the region and is nothing like Ebbsfleet.
• New rail service to East Midlands Hub from Mansfield, Ilkeston and Langley Mill, as well as new connection from Mansfield to Leicester and Derby, made possible by reopening the Maid Marian Line to passenger traffic
• NET tram extension: Toton Lane – East Midlands Hub – Innovation Campus – Long Eaton
• New bus services to the East Midlands Hub (Toton) from Amber Valley, West Bridgford and Clifton
• Improved local highway and motorway access
East Midlands Development Corporation
The region is poised and ready to regenerate an area three times larger than London’s Olympic Park. The promise of the super connectivity HS2 provides is key to securing the inward investment and growth needed to catalyse the creation of 84,000 highly-skilled jobs, and over 4,000 high-quality homes, £4.8bn additional GVA and spearheading recovery from COVID-19.
Once established, a locally-led development corporation would work to maximise growth opportunities at a number of sites near to the HS2 East Midlands Hub station at Toton, including:
Toton and Chetwynd
Plans are being refined to transform Chetwynd Barracks, a former military site in Chilwell, into 1,500 new homes and retail facilities to meet local housing demand. Blueprints are also being drawn up for a new garden village at Toton, close to the HS2 East Midlands Hub site. Toton was recently cited in the MHCLG planning reform white paper as being an example of what Government wants to see in areas across the country.
East Midlands Gateway
Expertise and oversight will be deployed to support the development of East Midlands Gateway, SEGRO’s purpose-built 700 acre logistics park and rail freight interchange next to the airport, which is set to create over 8,000 jobs in the next six years. Global companies including Nestle and Amazon have already signed up, with more set to follow, drawn by the ease of connectivity by air, rail and road. East Midlands Airport Maximising the expansion of East Midlands Airport, the UK’s biggest dedicated air freight operation, will support the airport’s plans to triple freight volumes, offer additional passenger routes and create 7,000 new jobs.
East Midlands Airport
Maximising the expansion of East Midlands Airport, the UK’s biggest dedicated air freight operation, will support the airport’s plans to triple freight volumes, offer additional passenger routes and create 7,000 new jobs.
Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station
Plans are being drawn up to repurpose this iconic site at Ratcliffe-on-Soar, with the power station due to close by October 2025 in line with government’s policy to end coal-fired power generation. The vision is for the site to become a zero-carbon technology and energy hub. Options being considered include a combination of renewable energy generation and advanced manufacturing facilities, likely to complement the high concentration of world-leading businesses nearby, including Rolls Royce, Bombardier and Toyota. Similar regeneration projects have been completed by owner Uniper on sites across mainland Europe. Given the site’s proximity to established supply chains and excellent road and rail links, it is anticipated that up to 25,000 jobs could be created once repurposing is complete.