Nottinghamshire Council renews calls for improved Midland Main Line

Nottinghamshire County Council has renewed its plea for more investment in the Midland Main Line route after the go-ahead was given to the HS2 line.

On Tuesday the government approved the £33bn high-speed route between London and Birmingham.

The council said while it supported the government's HS2 announcement it was "vitally important" that the Main Line route was upgraded.

The line links London to Sheffield via Leicester, Derby and Nottingham.

Councillor Richard Jackson, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "We look forward to seeing the details of exactly how the network [HS2] will serve the East Midlands and we will be working to maximise the benefits for the businesses, the economy and the residents of Nottinghamshire.

"However, we will continue to lobby for completion of the modest investment needed to raise the track speeds on the existing Midland Main Line that could, in the short-term, cut the Nottingham to London journey time to just 90 minutes.

"This line is vitally important to the East Midlands as a whole and the speed of the service is crucial to the economic viability of the region."

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