NWLDC response to Government's Integrated Rail Plan

Published: Thu 18 November, 2021

The Government has today (Thursday 18 November 2021) published its Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) for the North and the Midlands.

The plan states that:

  • A high-speed line will be built between Birmingham and the East Midlands
  • HS2 trains will go direct to Nottingham, Derby and Sheffield
  • The Midland Mainline through Leicester and Leicestershire, and on to Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield will be electrified, taking more diesel engines off the system

In an initial response to the plan, Councillor Robert Ashman, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Infrastructure at North West Leicestershire District Council, said:

“After much speculation, we are pleased to have a final decision on the future of HS2 through our district as this gives certainty to our residents and businesses. As we get to grips with the detail of the plan, it’s important that we continue to support our communities that are impacted by the new railway and help them plan for the future.

“We have engaged positively with HS2 throughout the early processes and will continue with this approach. This active work makes sure our voice is heard and we can more successfully promote the businesses, jobs, and natural and historic assets that make North West Leicestershire what it is, whilst accepting modernisation of the national rail network with the necessary mitigation to minimise its impact.”

“It’s fair to say that North West Leicestershire isn’t well served by rail, and I can understand residents opposing HS2, with its station outside of our district. We’re hopeful that the other elements of the rail plan, particularly the electrification of the Midland Main Line will improve rail connectivity across the midlands and be beneficial to us both economically and in terms of our zero carbon goals.”

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