Deal made to look at opening East Midlands’ HS2 station “in the 2020s”

An artist's impression of the East Midlands Hub station for HS2. Photo: Midlands Connect.
An artist's impression of the East Midlands HS2 Hub station. Photo: Midlands Connect.

The UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) has agreed to work with Midlands Connect and East Midlands Councils on a number of priorities to maximise the economic benefits from HS2 – including the opening of the East Midlands Hub station “in the 2020s”.

High-speed services are not expected to start at the station until 2033.

The commitment was made following a meeting between transport secretary Chris Grayling and representatives of Midlands Connect and East Midlands Councils in Nottingham.

All parties have agreed to work towards:

  • Partially opening the East Midlands Hub station at Toton, Nottinghamshire, in the 2020s, at least for Network Rail services, to support and stimulate the development of the planned Innovation Campus nearby, which has the potential to create 10,000 new jobs;
  • Early delivery of road infrastructure around the Hub to support the early phases of the Innovation Campus;
  • Relocating the Network Rail/DB Cargo depot in Toton to another site within the East Midlands to facilitate the development of the Innovation Campus;
  • Establishing an East Midlands “delivery body” to realise the potential of the Innovation Campus and associated Garden Village housing developments.

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Sir John Peace. Photo: Midlands Connect.
Sir John Peace. Photo: Midlands Connect.

Midlands Connect, which is the transport arm of the Midlands Engine – an organisation made up of local authorities to help the region compete with London and the Northern Powerhouse – said that it will continue to press the DfT to ensure a link between the Midland Main Line and HS2 Phase 2b is operational for the start of HS2.

This will ensure that classic compatible trains can serve the north of England from the East Midlands, which would be of particular benefit to Leicester.

Midlands Connect chair Sir John Peace said: “We have said for a long time that more investment in transport and infrastructure in the East Midlands can have a transformative impact on its economy and the quality of life of the millions of people who live here.

“I’m therefore pleased that the government is already in dialogue with the Midlands Connect team and East Midlands Councils to accelerate connectivity around the HS2 Hub station at Toton.

“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the region and I am looking forward to further meetings early in 2018 to keep up the momentum.”

It is estimated that HS2 will deliver 74,000 jobs and add nearly £4 billion to the East Midlands’ economy by 2043.

Read more: East Midlands drafts rail masterplan



  1. I probably would think it should be opened in late 2021 or mid 2022 in time of HS2 that is scheduled to be completed by 2026.

  2. Toton is part way between Derby and Nottm. It would be cost effective to re-align the railway lines between Toton and Nottm and Derby to enable HS2 gauge stock to call at Toton and terminate at Nottm and Derby.
    This would give city centre / city centre to London and the North without the need to drive and park or take a slow tram. Remember Ebbsfleet was not connected with the Dartford to Gravesend line? It was expected everyone would drive and pay to park. NO. If you live a station or three either side of Ebbsfleet, it would have been far better for local passengers. A person could get on train at Dartford, Stone, Greenhithe and change at Ebbsfleet for a FAST Quick journey into London.
    A person travelling from London to Nottingham city centre, would be faster to take the MML than to take HS1 to Toton and the SLOW tram into the city.
    All routes/paths off HS2 must have the larger gauge trainset capacity.
    Also, why is HS2 a wavey curvey spaghetti line between OOC and Birmingham Int’l?
    It should be like a snooker table: Smooth, Flat, Straight, as in No curves and built 15 to 20 metres above ground for the entire route. If the scrap of land is a so called area of outstanding natural beauty – where best for it to be viewed? The train to Fort William is not in a cutting with no scenic view.

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