A major expansion of Nottingham Express Transit which would see it running to Derby, East Midlands Airport and the proposed HS2 station at Toton has been named as a priority project as part of devolution negotiations. The 19 local councils in the N2D2 region (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire) have agreed that this is one of the major projects needed in the region although at this stage there is no firm commitment or indeed any exact plans to achieve this.
A recently released document stated that local councils are determined to “reach a unified position on the strategic transport interventions required to maximise the growth potential of the region”. Nottingham Express Transit have been asked to carry out an investigation into the feasibility of the plans by N2D2 with a £200,000 grant being put forward for this. Although a line to Derby is a long-term goal this is described in the document as being a “potential” idea with the current main focus being on East Midlands Airport and the Toton HS2 line.
No timescale is in place for the lines to be constructed – indeed if they ever are – and no costs have also been revealed. However a report on the BBC website has suggested that a line all the way to Derby would likely cost at least £200 million.