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Lichfield HS2 campaigners urge residents to write to politicians

HS2 protesters in Lichfield

HS2 protesters in Lichfield

Lichfield campaigners are calling on city residents to write to key politicians as part of the fight against the HS2 rail line.

The proposed scheme would see the line cut through Boley Park and Streethay and the Lichfield Action Group (LAG) believes the community must keep up the pressure.

They have urged residents to write to the city’s MP Michael Fabricant, Prime Minister David Cameron and West Midlands MEP Liz Lynne to express their opposition to plans for a high-speed railway line which they say “will devastate the countryside, blight thousands of homes and bring no benefit to Lichfield or Staffordshire”.

Secretary of State for Transport Philip Hammond is expected to announce the Government’s preferred route for HS2 later this month, and, while the group are hopeful that the original route will be amended to avoid the construction of a 685metre viaduct over the A38, Britannia Industrial Estate and Streethay, they believe that the project will bring misery to the city and surrounding villages whichever line is chosen.

The group have made template letters available on its website which can be downloaded and printed off to be signed and sent to the three politicians. They can also be copied and sent via email. They are also urging people to put their names to the Stop HS2 online petition.

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