Longer HS2 tunnel could help developer create over 7,000 jobs in East Midlands

Government has now developed a revised option involving extending a proposed tunnel under the East Midlands Airport.

A tunnel on the proposed route of Britain’s High Speed 2 rail network could be extended to enable plans for a major development next to East Midlands Airport to progress, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced today (13 May 2013).

During discussions with MPs and local authorities on the proposed route for phase two of HS2 from Birmingham to Leeds, concerns were raised by Leicestershire County Council, and MP for North West Leicestershire, Andrew Bridgen, in conjunction with Roxhill Developments Limited, that the proposed line could affect plans for a strategic rail freight interchange depot (SRFI) next to the airport.

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