Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

Home to iconic British brands like Boots, Bombardier and Rolls Royce, the East Midlands boasts the highest proportion of manufacturing jobs in England. Improving all forms of transport serving the D2N2 area is fundamental to its future growth and prosperity.


We are working with HS2 Ltd, TfEM, D2N2 LEP and Network Rail to make the case for enhanced connectivity to the new Hub Station at Toton. Accelerating the delivery of Toton will radically improve journeys between the East and West Midlands and beyond, stimulating private investment like the planned Toton Innovation Campus, which could support 11,000 jobs.

We are also investigating options to run HS2 services from Birmingham to Toton by 2030 and developing a business case for additional services on the Derby-Stoke-Crewe corridor, so the East Midlands can link to HS2 services at Crewe in 2027.

Today, 8 out of 10 journeys between Birmingham and Nottingham are made by road. The Midlands Rail Hub will help improve East-West connectivity by doubling the number of direct services between Nottingham and Birmingham, cutting the journey time by over 25% to just 50 minutes and bringing 450,000 more people in the two cities within one hour of each other. It will also enable faster and more frequent services through Derby, and includes funding to examine the case for major investment to reduce conflicts between the ECML and Nottingham-Lincoln traffic at Newark.


We are making the case for an integrated scheme on the M1 J25/A52 corridor, which addresses congestion and provides access to Toton. Our A46 study will strengthen the case for the Newark Bypass and for improved links to the Humber Ports.

East-West road connectivity will be further enhanced by our proposals to improve the A50 between Derby and Stoke-on-Trent. The partnership’s definition of the MRN for the Midlands will make the case for early improvements to the A614 corridor.

Airport Access

East Midlands Airport is a key international gateway and economic asset. We are working on plans to improve access for passengers, freight and to help local people reach the thousands of new jobs created at the adjacent East Midlands Gateway Freight Interchange.

Regional overview

“As a manufacturer and assembler of trains, transporting sub-components from our suppliers into our central facility in Derby is critical. Relieving congestion, improving the road networks and access around Derby are really important for us to be able to ramp up production on this site.”

Richard Hunter, UK Managing Director,


increased passenger demand between Derby/Nottingham and Birmingham under Midlands Rail Hub plans


businesses in East Midlands say improving A46 would allow them to expand

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