"The Eastern leg of HS2 will play a key role in boosting the construction and rail engineering sectors in the east Midlands, narrowing the north-south divide and speeding our economic recovery.
The Midlands economy has been blighted for too many years through poor connectivity. HS2 provides an opportunity for us to start to reverse this trend and open up opportunities for businesses and communities across the east Midlands.
HS2 should be utilised to maximise high-skill jobs and apprenticeships, bringing much needed jobs and opportunities to the east Midlands. And HS2 must deliver real benefits to passengers, communities and the environment.
This is an opportunity that we simply cannot afford to squander. We need more investment in infrastructure on this scale to boost productivity and help UK companies to compete globally."