High Speed Rail for Nottingham Nottingham City Council June 2011 6/2/2014 1
Key Objectives • Outline what High Speed Rail could mean for Nottingham • Raise awareness of Government Consultation currently underway • Generate (hopefully supportive) responses to the Consultation by 29th July
Two Government consultations underway: 1) Wider Strategy and Network Consultation ends 29th July 2011
Two Government consultations underway: 2) Detailed London to West Midlands Route Consultation ends 29th July 2011
London- Birmingham • Currently consulting on the details of the route • Bill submitted Feb 2013? • - Approval 2015? • - Line open 2025? • Capacity • 400m-long trains • Each train could carry up to 1100 passengers • Speed and connectivity • Speeds up to 250 mph
Through running to Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow on Classic rail lines (‘Classic Compatible’ trains) • ‘Y’ Network to Leeds and Manchester • - Network consultation currently underway • Stops at East Midlands, Sheffield and Leeds • Hybrid Bill proposed for both legs 2015? • Approval 2017? • Completion 2031?
National Benefits (1) • Rebalanced national economic geography of Britain, supporting sustainable long-term growth and reduced regional disparities • Link the major cities of the Midlands and the North to the capital and each other- thousands of businesses closer to huge and internationally-competitive markets of London and the South East • Bring major regional conurbations closer together, boosting productivity and enabling greater economic specialisation and regeneration • London – West Midlands line alone could support the creation of around 40,000 jobs. Consultation ends 29th July 2011
National Benefits (2) • Proposed ‘Y’ network will transform travel opportunities between the major population centres whilst releasing capacityon the classic rail network to improve connections to other destinations • Alternative inter-urban travel by either air or by road will result in unacceptable environmental impacts and an increase in carbon emissions.
Derby Nottingham ‘Gap’ or Parkway Station East Midlands Station Options?
Derby Nottingham Through Derby Station (plus spur) East Midlands Station Options?
Derby Nottingham Gap/Parkway/edge of conurbation Station plus City Centre Spur(s) East Midlands Station Options?
Possible East Midlands Service Patterns • 2 tph to London (and Old Oak Common for Heathrow)- journey timeless than an hour • 3 tph Birmingham (Curzon St)- less than 30 minutes • 5 tph South Yorks (Sheffield 20 minutes) 4 of which go onto Leeds- halving the existing journey times • 1 tph to Newcastle- halving the existing journey time (2 hours) • Plus- benefits from released capacity on Midland Mainline and other Classic rail lines Consultation ends 29th July 2011
Local Responses? • Derby City supportive • East Midlands Councils not convinced of the benefits….. • Nottinghamshire County Council? • Rushcliffe? • Broxtowe? • Derbyshire County Council? • Notts/Derbys Chamber? • Local Enterprise Partnership? Consultation ends 29th July 2011
City Council’s Position • Subject to Connectivity intoNottingham City centre, strongly supportive- Long term development, regeneration and investment boost for the City • massive journey time benefits to London and other Core Cities in Midlands and the North: • Chance to retrieve poor national rail positioning post-Beecham • Eastern Leg needs to be built as soon as possible- earlier, or at least no later than the western leg- benefits of eastern leg significantly higher than western leg • But- must not ‘blight’ urgently needed investment in Midland Mainline- ‘Nottm in 90 Minutes’ and Electrification • 20 Point ‘Yes to High Speed Rail for Nottingham’ Summary and City Council consultation response will be available shortly for people to use in their own responses Consultation ends 29th July 2011
Next Steps- how can you help? Please support us: • We will be shortly be emailing out our key messages response, draft letters and other supporting material to assist you in framing consultation responses: will be available at www.thebigwheel.org.uk/HS2 from next week • register your support for the ‘Yes to HS2’ campaignhttp://www.campaignforhsr.com/join-our-campaign • fill in a formal response to the Government’s Consultation by 29th Julyhttp://highspeedrail.dft.gov.uk/ • Encourage your business colleagues, customers and contacts to participate Consultation ends 29th July 2011