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HS2 the PROS and CONS for Chesterfield and north-east Derbyshire area

At the next meeting of Chesterfield  Civic Society
. there will be a discussion meeting on HS2. 
To give local people the chance to hear various points of view, the CCS have arranged a meeting with four speakers: 

Coun. Mrs Tricia Gilby, the Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, will explain why her authority supports the building of a link line from HS2b (the Birmingham– Leeds section) near Tibshelf to the Midland Main Line at Clay Cross, which would itself be electrified to Sheffield, rejoining HS2b itself north of the city. Either as part of this scheme, or independently, the approach to the station at Chesterfield would be radically remodelled to create better vehicle access and an improved interchange with bus services.
Glynn Waite, who is well known locally as a railway historian but is professionally a railway industry consultant, will explain his reservations about the project. 
Tony Mellors
 will speak on behalf of a community group formed to oppose the building of the link line, which will sever the villages of Newton and Blackwell.  
Mike Rose
, a chartered engineer, former partnership officer of the High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership and a committee member of Railfuture Yorkshire, will speak about HS2 in the wider context of London–Yorkshire rail services.

This is a balanced and well-informed panel of speakers, and the evening will be arranged to allow ample time for questions and discussion. It should be an interesting evening, which we hope Civic Society members will find helpful and informative. Come along prepared to ask questions and find out more about a project that could transform Chesterfield’s railway service to London.

HS2 Ltd was asked in November to provide a speaker and eventually, earlier this month, but they wrote refusing to do so. North East Derbyshire District Council has also declined to be represented.


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The Railway and Canal Historical Society  are organising the next EMIAC Industrial Heritage Day and Conference. Titled “The Mansfield and Pinxton Railway (1819)”, EMIAC 96 is on Saturday 11 May 2019 at Kirby in Ashfield.

The theme this May celebrates the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Mansfield and Pinxton Railway.   Kirby in Ashfield was once an important centre of coal mining and railways in west Nottinghamshire, with three active coal mines and several railway junctions. The former Mansfield and Pinxton Railway opened in 1819, connecting the Cromford Canal with Mansfield, passing through Kirby in Ashfield. The Erewash Valley line was joined here by the later Midland Railway line from Nottingham. The Great Central Railway main line passed to the south-west side of the town and had a double junction with the Great Northern Railway Leen Valley Extension line to Langwith Junction and the Mansfield Railway to Clipstone. British Rail rerouted lines in the area in 1972 to eliminate level crossings and the Robin Hood Line opened in 1993, utilising the routes of several earlier railways.

The conference runs all day for a modest cost of only £20 Download  the booking form and further details here –  EMIAC96_Brochure2019