The announcement that Chesterfield could benefit from an HS2 Station and an infrastructure maintenance depot in the borough, creates opportunities for the town from creating new jobs to improving skills and from developing new homes and attracting new business investment as well as improving transport infrastructure, rail connectivity and journey times.
HS2 will complement existing rail services and open up regeneration opportunities, enhancing Chesterfield’s role as both a destination and a gateway to surrounding areas, including the Peak District National Park.
Read Don’t Cut Here! A case study on why the economies of Chesterfield and Sheffield need HS2.
HS2 Chesterfield Station
Ambitious plans to transform the area between the town centre and Chesterfield Train Station – creating a vibrant gateway to North Derbyshire and setting out potential sites to create around 850 new jobs
The HS2 Station Master Plan is to go before the Chesterfield Borough Council’s Cabinet on 2 February 2021 and, if approved, will be subject to a four-week public consultation starting on 8 February 2021.
The proposals set out a vision for the future development of the area and are also designed to make the most of the once-in-a-generation plans for a High Speed Rail (HS2) link at Chesterfield.
Key proposals include:
- Establishing the principle of new development plots to accommodate a mix of uses with the potential to generate a minimum of approximately 850 jobs
- A new station link road (a through route) between Brimington Road and Hollis Lane with improved public transport access
- Closure of the A61 on-slip road
- A new public ‘boulevard’ for pedestrians and cyclists (including segregated cycle lanes) leading from the station to Corporation Street
- Replacement of the existing A61 footbridge between the station area and Corporation Street with a new wider bridge, including a segregated cycle route.
- Suggested changes to Corporation Street to improve accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists whilst retaining vehicle access to businesses.
- A ‘transport hub’ including a multi-storey car park (with around 550 bays) and charging points for electric vehicles
- A cycle hub with e-bike hire and secure cycle parking
- An overall layout that has the potential for a higher quality of natural habitats including more tree planting
- A new station forecourt to better accommodate buses, coaches, taxis and a drop off/collection point.
- A continuous cycle link from Hollis Lane area through to Crow Lane
Funding for regeneration at and around the station and the preparation of a master plan has been obtained by Chesterfield Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council through both the Sheffield City Region (SCR) and East Midlands (D2N2) Local Enterprise Partnerships.
You can view the virtual consultation and share your views from Monday 8 February at https://chesterfieldstation.consultation.ai/
Staveley Works Regeneration & HS2 Maintenance Depot
The regeneration of the 150 hectare Staveley Works Area will open up the staveley corridor for development. Hs2 are committed to developing a 22 hectare maintenance depot at the Eastern end of the corridor.
A new HS2 Infrastructure Maintenance Depot at Staveley will help generate thousands of new local engineering jobs and be at the heart of a mixed-use housing and employment zone.
The Depot could also provide a construction base for HS2 to align with the current plans to make the nearby Barrow Hill Roundhouse a rail industry ‘centre of excellence’ linked to the High Speed Rail College and the research and development capabilities of the universities of Newcastle and Derby.
By co-investing in Staveley, HS2 will help bring forward a 150 hectare brownfield site, with plans for a new garden village of around 1,500 homes and new leisure and commercial development around a rejuvenated Chesterfield Canal.
Derbyshire County Council has submitted a £90 million funding application to enable construction of the Chesterfield Staveley Regeneration Route, Midlands Connect has given its support and the application is currently lodged with the Department for Transport for decision. If successful the funding will need to be defrayed in full by 2025.