The new ‘Midlands Engine for Growth’ strategy outlines major spending proposals that will connect the Midlands to HS2, but John Mann MP has criticised the plans as having “nothing for Bassetlaw.”
The proposals build on ‘Midlands Connect’ which links Nottingham and Derby to Birmingham and the plan prioritises tram connectivity from Nottingham to the HS2 station at Toton and connections from Derby and Leicester including a new trunk road to the airport.
However the proposal provides no road improvements from Bassetlaw to Toton and requires Worksop travellers to access HS2 via Mansfield.
John Mann commented: “This is no surprise and it’s exactly what I have been warning of. The Midlands Engine for Growth makes no reference to the A1, the East Coast mainline, the HS2 station at Sheffield/Meadowhall or Robin Hood Airport.”
“If our money goes with the Midlands we will be cut adrift and left behind in no man’s land.”
“I have no intention, ever, of accessing HS2 by stopping over in Mansfield when people in Sheffield will be in London before people in Bassetlaw are even on the train.”
“Our future transport and economic prosperity can only be secured through combining with South Yorkshire, where our trains and roads go. It is the A57 and the Retford/Worksop Sheffield service that needs improvements, Rotherham and Doncaster where we need the buses to go to and a longer term vision that includes the option of re-opening Misterton Station.”