PM believes HS2 will be a boost for Derbyshire

The proposed HS2 speed rail link will come through Derbyshire.
The proposed HS2 speed rail link will come through Derbyshire.

Prime Minister David Cameron believes Derbyshire will receive a boost from the HS2 high speed rail plan despite criticisms that it will rip up the region.

Staveley, Killamarsh and Renishaw residents have raised concerns about the planned HS2 high speed rail link ripping their villages, rural areas and communities apart with no direct benefit because the service will not stop in Derbyshire.

Mr Cameron, of the Conservative, Liberal-Democrat Coalition Government, said: “There will be huge benefits for Derbyshire.

“HS2 will provide extra capacity on our railways and increase capacity on other lines.

“The region will also be served with a new station at Toton, Nottinghamshire, helping London and Derby, Nottingham and Birmingham.

“It will also be a big boost for the economy.”

After many businesses and commuters also raised concerns about proposals to reduce the speed limit along the M1 motorway through north Derbyshire.

Many feel this will cause travel delays, affect deliveries and discourage investment in the region.

Mr Cameron said this plan was being considered in an effort to help reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality.

The Conservative politician added: “I understand concerns about the M1. It’s under consultation and we have to consider air quality, but no decision has been taken and we will be looking carefully at it.”

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