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HS2

Nationally the Liberal Democrats recognise the importance of HS2 in delivering much needed extra capacity on a rail netowrk 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.