Midlands Connect Conventional Compatible HS2 Services

We have submitted a strong case for HS2 trains to serve Leicester and Nottingham city centres. It's a game changing plan that maximises the benefits of the high speed line to the Midlands.

Our proposals would see high speed trains directly connect the city centres of Leicester and Leeds and Birmingham and Nottingham via the East Midlands Hub station at Toton.

Under the plans, high speed trains would utilise both HS2 and the existing Midland Main Line, more than halve journey times and boost the economy by an estimated £1.4 billion.

Bringing some of the country's biggest cities closer than ever before has huge implications for businesses looking to reach new markets, employees seeking out new job opportunities and individuals keen to explore new leisure and cultural experiences.

The Department for Transport commissioned HS2 to investigate the feasibility of the proposals, which have the potential to reduce costs, improve connectivity and bring more flexibility to the network.



Support for our proposals

"Bringing HS2 trains in to Leicester city centre will mean a direct link to Leeds that would boost the economy by tens of millions of pounds every year and encourage more people to get off the M1 and out of their cars."

Sir Peter Soulsby, Leicester City Mayor and chair of Transport for the East Midlands (TfEM)

120 mins -> 46 mins

Leicester-Leeds journey time reduction

Delivery in line with HS2 Phase Two. Estimated capital cost: £330 million

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