A new city may soon start taking shape between Nottingham and Derby in the East Midlands region of the UK. With the construction of the HS2 rail link from London to Birmingham and Manchester the area will become perfectly positioned to link various key regions of the UK.
In an interview with the Sunday Times Sir David Higgins, chairman of the HS2 project stated that if Toton was made a station on the £56bn rail network a huge wave of construction and house building could lead to the creation of a new city. The site would become one of the best connected sites in the UK with London within reach in 52 minutes, Birmingham in 20 minutes and Leeds in under half an hour.
At present the area is occupied by railway sidings and depots and is next to the M1 motorway connecting London with the north of England. There are also major universities nearby and all the infrastructure associated with the two major cities of Derby and Nottingham. To drive the growth of the new city there is the possibility of local authority leaders setting up a development body similar to the London Docklands Development Corporation or the Milton Keynes Development Corporation which will coordinate the plans.
Legislation to pave the way for the first phase of HS2 from London to Birmingham is expected to gain parliamentary royal assent this week.