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13.05.13

East Midlands HS2 tunnel could be extended

A revised route for the second phase of HS2 has been developed by the DfT to allow plans for a strategic rail freight interchange depot to go ahead.

A planned tunnel could be extended under the East Midlands Airport to avoid the majority of the proposed site. This will be included in the public consultation on phase two, due to take place later this year.

The depot, planned with Leicestershire County Council and Roxhill Developments Limited, has the potential to create 7,000 jobs in the region.

Transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, said: “These changes have the potential to deliver huge economic benefits for the East Midlands on top of the already considerable opportunities HS2 will bring the region. They also show that we are both maximising the economic impact of HS2 as well as listening to concerns of those affected by it.

“We will continue to work with stakeholders, to identify critical issues such as Roxhill and propose revisions to the scheme where possible.”

Kate Bedson, senior development director at Roxhill said: “Our proposals for a new SRFI with 6 million square feet of associated warehousing have the potential to create 7,000 jobs, providing a boost to the economy in the region.

“Since the announcement, through our MP and local authority, we have enjoyed an early and positive dialogue with DfT and HS2 Ltd and are very pleased with the decision to amend the proposed route. This now allows us to consult with the public and other bodies on our plans before submitting our application at the end of the year.”

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