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The HSR report just released suggests a possible East Midlands station. Assuming this does happen as planned, what do you think the best location for a station in the region would be?
According to government statistics office, Nottingham urban area is the 8th largest in the UK:
1 - London (8.3 million, density 5100 people per square km)
2 - West Midlands (2.8 million, density 3800)
3 - Manchester (2.2 million, density 4000)
4 - West Yorkshire (1.5 million, density 4100)
5 - Glasgow (1.2 million, density 3200)
6 - Tyneside (0.88 million, density 4200)
7 - Liverpool (0.82 million, density 4400)
8 - Nottingham (0.67 million, density 4200)
9 - Sheffield (0.64 million, density 3900)
10 - Bristol (0.55 million, density 3900)
As Wiggley says the Sheffield area is slightly larger than Nottingham, but Nottingham is more dense and so has higher pop density. Density is important as it gives a good indication of the real catchment population.
All the English centres above Bristol (which is on the soon-to-be-upgraded Great Western) should be on the high speed network. I think the Parkway plan for East Midlands would probably be on the A52 between Nottingham and Derby. I don't think it will be intended to serve Leicester, which can be served through improvements to the Midland Mainline.
Given that Derby's rail links are already much better than Nottingham's, while Nottingham has the 4th most intercity trips to London and contributes the 9th most revenue (Sheffield is 12th and 14th respectively, Leicester is 6th and 16th, while Derby is 17th and >20th) I think Nottingham should be included properly on the high speed line - not some parkway station that satisfies no-one.
Perhaps we just know when we are fighting a losing battle. If there is one station in the East Mids it will be in Nottingham.In reality, it doesn't sound like the Leicester lot are really all that bothered about HS2
Given that the line goes to Birmingham before it goes to London, its not really going to be all that much faster for you lot. Leicester Mercury Articles suggests that the Leicester lot will be more interested in the Electrification of the Midland Mainline.
Compare the responses given from the two local newspapers:
250mph trains could stop in Leicestershire (not Leicester)
Battle to bring high speed rail to Nottingham begins
Notts Council/Business leaders have been campaigning for this for a while. The Leicester lot don't seem all that much bothered.
It's estimated to take 53 minutes on the High Speed line.I voted for "more than one HSR" station. I don't think it makes any difference Leicester having one on a branch from Birmingham though. In fact I wonder what difference it would make to Nottingham commuters. I imagine a HS journey from Nottingham would take at least one hour (assuming it takes 40 mins from Burm to London)?