Public event set to discuss plans for high speed rail line through Lichfield

Plans for a high speed rail line to cut through countryside in Lichfield will be up for debate as a new consultation event is launched.

Staffordshire County Council is urging members of the public to have their say on plans for the new high speed rail line which could see a two-and-a-half mile long viaduct built across parts of the city.

The possible route of the rail line was announced earlier this year and the scheme has not been scrapped by the new Government. However, a formal consultation has been delayed until next year.

County Councillor Robert Marshall, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Infrastructure said:

“While it is positive that Government is not rushing into this massive investment it has left some people feeling left in limbo – they have plenty they would like to say, but no proper mechanism for making their feelings felt. We want to organise an event to help fill this gap. We will be discussing our plans with our partners at Lichfield District Council and the parish councils affected. It will be a forum for people to meet and air their views. We will be announcing more details shortly.

“The county council has already said that we realise the need for a modern and efficient transport infrastructure and to capture maximum economic benefit for Staffordshire. However this needs to be done with the minimum environmental impact, while recognising that residents need our help.”

The proposals have already met with criticism from politicians and local residents. MP Michael Fabricant said an alternative route needed to be sought, while local campaigners said the line would threaten their way of life.

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