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Lichfield racehorse trainer fears HS2 could destroy his business

Ed McMahon

Ed McMahon

A Lichfield racehorse trainer has revealed that a proposed high speed rail line would leave his entire business in limbo.

The planned HS2 route would cut through Ed McMahon’s Horsley Brook Farm, splitting his facilities in two – a move he believes would be like “cutting a runway in half”.

And if the line does go ahead on its current allignment, Mr McMahon admits he would be left with stables that are unfit for purpose – and potentially bring to an end his family’s long professional association with the area.

He explained:

“Once it [the line] goes straight through the farm, it will pretty much render it useless. We’re not like a factory unit or anything like that, we can’t just move up the road – ours is a specialised case.

“With the amount of investment we have put in over the last 17 years, I’m probably not going to see any of that coming back to me.

“They seem to be pretty adamant that they just want to bulldoze through, judge, jury and executioner, that’s what they want to be – and that’s the frightening part.”

Click below to hear more from racehorse trainer Ed McMahon on how HS2 will hit his business:

See more of our coverage of the HS2 debate here.

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