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Nationally the Liberal Democrats recognise the importance of HS2 in delivering much needed extra capacity on a rail network that is increasingly crowded. However in contrast to the Conservatives we would continue the electrification of the Midland Mainline as electrifying transport is key to meeting our climate change commitment of net zero by 2045.

Whilst the local party acknowledge the national importance of HS2 it will have significant impacts on Erewash. The construction phase currently involves the moving of a section of the M1 which will undoubted cause traffic chaos in the surrounding area. There will also be increased traffic to the proposed new East Midlands hub at Toton.

Erewash Liberal deomcrats are committed to campaigning for improvements to the project as currently planned to mitigate the negative impacts on Erewash. We will campaign for connecting services to link Ilkeston and other local stations to the East Midlands hub to relieve the pressures of traffic having to travel to the new hub. And we will continue to campaign to realise all the benefits that an improved transport hub centred on Toton / Long Eaton could bring.

Where are we now?

The HS2 Phase 2b Eastern leg, the design stage is now well progressed, and includes a controversial 20+ metre high viaduct through Long Eaton. A consultation on 7 design refinements including one proposed chnage around Trowel, which Erewash Liberal Democrats have repsonded to, reported on 7th October 2020. However the decision on whether or not to adopt these design changes has been delayed until the publication of the Governments Integrated Rail Plan later in the year. With the Towns Fund bid now including the project to close the low level line through Long Eaton to make room for HS2, a projetc supported by local Liberal Democrat campaigners, there may be cause for further desing refinements.

Has Phase 2b Been Approved?

Currently the Eastern leg of phase 2b has not recieved parliamentary approval and may not recieve approval before the end of this parliament.