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East Midlands Chamber News

Nottingham Train StationChris Hobson, Head of Information and Representation at East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), said: “The Chamber is extremely disappointed and frustrated that the electrification of the Midlands Main Line will not go ahead as planned.

“It is disappointed that the original plans couldn’t be delivered on time or budget and frustrated that this key project isn’t being given the prioritisation that the success of the region demands.

“The Transport Secretary, whose constituency is in the East Midlands, has said, however, that the project is still part of his plans. The Government must now clarify exactly when it will be delivered.

“The evidence in favour of upgrading this route is compelling. It will significantly reduce travel times between the East Midlands and London, unlocking potential economic benefits of around £200m for the region.

“For the past two decades, there has been huge investment in other routes, yet the Midland Main Line has been starved of investment, in spite of the fact that the route connects to London one of the fastest-growing areas in England, which has generated much of the economic growth needed to drive the UK’s economy away from recession and created more jobs than any other region.

“The Chancellor was in the region only a few weeks ago describing it as the UK’s ‘Engine for Growth’. Infrastructure is a driver of that engine and to have this key project shunted back into the sidings is a grave concern.”

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