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East Midlands Hub (Toton)

The East Midlands hub station at Toton will be one of the most connected places in the UK.

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CGI image of the future site of the East Midlands Station for the HS2 high speed railway
Development concepts for the East Midlands Hub station at Toton.

HS2 Services in the East Midlands

The East Midlands hub station at Toton will be one the best served stations on the high speed network.

Up to 14 high speed trains an hour will leave Toton. Midlands Connect have plans to connect the hub to major centres in the region including Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and East Midlands Airport.

This includes proposals for the hub station to link to existing motorway, classic rail and tram networks. Derby and Nottingham are working together on an ambition that envisage a journey time of just 10 minutes from their city centres to the HS2 hub, and better link the two cities in the process.

East Midlands Hub to:

  • Birmingham Interchange: 17 minutes
  • Birmingham Curzon Street: 20 minutes
  • Leeds: 27 minutes
  • York: 36 minutes
  • London: 52 minutes
  • Newcastle: 93 minutes.

HS2 train times

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HS2 helping reduce overcrowding

By freeing up space on existing lines, for new local train services, passengers and freight, HS2 helps ease congestion and over-crowding. Travelling by train becomes a more convenient and enjoyable option for everybody, regardless of how far they’re going.

According to Midlands Connect, HS2 will free up enough space on the existing railway network to improve rail services for 73 stations across the country. Find out more about its study on Benefits of HS2 Released Capacity.

Find out more about how HS2 helping reduce overcrowding more widely across the country.

HS2 helping reduce carbon emissions

By freeing up capacity on our current railways, HS2 will help take hundreds of lorries off the roads every day as more freight can move to rail. This will improve air quality and help reduce carbon emissions. Learn more about HS2 and zero carbon Britain.

In the East Midlands

HS2 will support the region's ambitions to be a globally competitive centre for hi-tech manufacturing and engineering and create opportunities for high value service sector jobs.

HS2 helps attract significant investment 

This is the epitome of rebalancing the economy. HS2 is not just about the train line. It is the biggest investment in the region for decades. It has to happen.

Maria Machancoses, director of Midlands Connect, and others, explain their support in this the Financial Times article:  HS2 extension seen as key to unlocking East Midlands potential.

HS2 is already boosting the region’s economy. The East Midlands HS2 Growth Strategy estimates that the arrival of HS2 could help provide 74,000 new jobs and add an extra £4bn a year to the regional economy. East Midlands Local Authorities are working together to maximise the economic potential of a new HS2 hub station at Toton and the integrated high speed station at Chesterfield. In March 2019, the Government approved £2m of funding for a new development body to oversee plans for the new HS2 station and expand East Midlands Airport. The proposed HS2 Infrastructure Maintenance Depot at Staveley offers major opportunities and Derbyshire County Council’s masterplan includes 1,500 new homes and 800 new jobs on site.

Read how investing in transport for growth will power the Midlands Engine.

125 East Midlands businesses have already delivered work on HS2

Companies like Explore Manufacturing in Nottinghamshire have already won contracts to work on HS2. They are suppling major bridges, creating new jobs in the process. Over half of all companies delivering work for HS2 are small and medium sized businesses.