Nottinghamshire’s welcome for latest HS2 zone funding
Nottinghamshire County Council has warmly welcomed a £1.8m funding grant which will help maximise the benefits of HS2 at Toton.
£1.8m of funding from the Government has been allocated to help realise the extraordinary potential of the new HS2 station at Toton and boost infrastructure on site, as announced by the HS2 Minister today (Wednesday 11 June).
The County Council working with local and regional stakeholders is taking a leading role in planning for the arrival of HS2 at Toton. The news of the additional £1.8m grant will be crucial to ensuring the necessary infrastructure to deliver the County’s aspirations to create a unique development with a mix of housing, community facilities and employment opportunities.
Studies and plans will be prepared to create a development of the highest possible quality around the HS2 station. This will include the incorporation of plans to further develop local and regional transport links to the new Hub Station at Toton, ensuring surrounding communities benefit from a range of transport choices to the new HS2 station.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “As the future backbone of our national rail network, HS2 is vital for delivering better connections between our major cities, bringing communities closer together with faster, more frequent services for passengers.
“It will also play a pivotal role in boosting productivity and prosperity across the country, with new and improved stations acting as catalysts for regeneration, jobs, new housing and economic growth.
“Committing additional funding to support the development of a HS2 station at Toton will help drive forward ambitious proposals, ensuring that the region stands ready to seize the enormous benefits of HS2.”
Cllr Kay Cutts MBE, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council and Chair of the HS2 Toton Delivery Board said: "HS2 at Toton will present enormous opportunities for growth in the Midlands which is home to untapped potential.
“I feel it is particularly important to listen to local people and businesses as we create new ’garden villages’ and opportunities for businesses and universities to be developed side by side. This is exactly what our plans for Toton will deliver with the backing of Government and this additional funding.
“For example, the development of the network of garden villages will help us attract and retain high quality jobs and talented people to complement our wider growth story. We have ambitious plans to accelerate economic growth in Nottinghamshire within the Midlands Engine by attracting more trade, visitors and investment - and this funding is vital to help us achieve our vision at Toton.”
Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Derby are also in the running for a slice of £4.1bn Housing Infrastructure funding linked to new HS2 growth zones to help unlock land for plans for 17,000 homes in the area. The move was backed by the Government in the spring.