Derbyshire council backs high-speed rail link

County Hall, Matlock.
County Hall, Matlock.
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Proposals to build a high-speed rail link from London to Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester have been endorsed by Derbyshire County Council.

And the council’s cabinet also backed plans for a station at Toton and a maintenance depot at Staveley.

Coun Andy Botham, deputy cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport said: “High speed rail is going to be a fantastic opportunity to help local businesses to expand and grow. It will bring jobs and help the region to fulfil its full economic potential.

“We will work with our partners across Derbyshire to make sure that we make the most of the opportunities it will bring.

“But we will not forget that there will be some communities who will need help to minimise the negative impacts and we will do all we can to reduce these impacts.

The proposed station at Toton will potentially have links to other stations in Derbyshire, including Chesterfield, Dronfield, Alfreton, Langley Mill, the new station at Ilkeston and the stations on the Derby to Matlock line.

A new junction is proposed for the A52.