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Lichfield’s MP has said he is “disappointed and angry” that changes to a controversial high speed rail route through the city have not been added to the plans.
A graphic mock-up of the HS2 line
Michael Fabricant has been among a number of local campaigners bidding to get a viaduct for the HS2 line removed. He had proposed a tunnel to take the high speed line under the A38 and West Coast Main Line instead of a “monstrous 20-metre high viaduct”. Although engineers had agreed with the idea, HS2 had not included the mitigation in their plans. “This was sheer stubbornness on the part of HS2 senior management,” the Lichfield MP said. “We will now have to present these proposals again to HS2 as part of the environmental consultation and then again to the Bill Committee members as a Petition in the House of Commons in 2014 if the HS2 Bill is not defeated at a crucial vote in the spring.” Mr Fabricant’s comments came after he raised a question with the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, in the House of Commons.

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