The East Midlands Hub station at Toton will be one of the best-connected places in the UK and create tens of thousands of jobs.
It will provide two stations in one with conventional services arriving from the existing networks and HS2 services on the new high-speed lines. Up to 14 high-speed trains an hour will leave the station and Midlands Connect, the transport partner of Midlands Engine, is working with East Midlands Councils and Transport for the East Midlands to connect the hub to Nottingham, Derby and East Midlands Airport via train and/or tram, as well as to Leicester and Bedford via a conventional-compatible HS2 service.
The East Midlands Hub will be one of the most connected stations on the HS2 network, putting the station within:
- 19 minutes of Birmingham
- 28 minutes of Leeds
- 39 minutes of York
- 51 minutes of London Euston
Derby and Nottingham city centres will be a 12-minute hop by conventional rail shuttle services and there will be direct services to the wider region.
Maria Machancoses, director of Midlands Connect, said:
This is an ideal template for rebalancing the economy. HS2 is not just about the new rail infrastructure – it is the biggest investment in our region for a century. The high-speed network must be built-in full if we want to unlock the full potential of the Midlands.