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Lichfield delegation to meet Transport Secretary for HS2 discussion

A Stop HS2 placard in the shape of a white elephant

A Stop HS2 placard in the shape of a white elephant

A delegation from Lichfield will meet with the Transport Secretary in a bid to persuade him to make changes to the route of HS2.

Campaigners from across the area will join Michael Fabricant MP for the meeting with Patrick McLoughlin.

And he believes the Lichfield and Whittington group can make an impact on the Secretary of State.

“Around half a dozen of us will meet the Secretary of State, his officials, and directors of HS2 Limited,” Mr Fabricant said. ” Our main concern is for the height of the line to be lowered substantially.

“Currently, HS2 is routed high over the raised A38 and West Coast Main Line. We will be arguing for some limited tunnelling which will reduce the environmental impact and we believe the additional cost will be partly offset by a reduction in compensation payments to homeowners.”

This latest meeting is set to be the first in a long line of arguments as the high speed rail project moves closer.

But Mr Fabricant believes there is still a chance the route could be moved.

“In the coming two to three years in the Committee Stage of the main HS2 bill, we will argue for a substantial change to the route to follow an existing motorway in order to reduce the environmental impact,” he said.

“This route would move HS2 away from southern Staffordshire completely.”

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