Boss of HS2 Ltd meets villagers in the path of controversial line

The chairman of HS2 Ltd has visited some of the communities around Lichfield set to be affected by the controversial rail scheme.

Sir David Higgins met residents from Swinfen, Packington and Weeford at Hints Village Hall before going on a tour of the route through the Bourne Valley and Drayton Bassett.

An artist's impression of HS2

An artist’s impression of HS2

The visit was organised by Christopher Pincher MP, who believes it was important for Sir David to see the impact of HS2 for himself.

“This is the first senior board member of HS2 Ltd to come and visit our area to see first hand the blight that the proposed high speed rail link will cause to hundreds of households living close to the Phase 1 line,” he said.

“To date there has been inadequate mitigation and compensation for the route which carves through virgin countryside and ancient woodland and I hope that Sir David’s visit will ensure that much more help and support is provided to our local communities.”

Mr Pincher has revealed that a visit by the Parliamentary Select Committee which is reviewing the proposed route will take place on September 16.

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