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Lichfield’s MP has warned that the area’s “leafy lanes” could be lost forever because of HS2.
Michael Fabricant made his comments after being told that any hopes that the link between the high speed rail route and the West Coast Main Line not going ahead had been dashed.
There had been suggestions that the ‘temporary’ link would not be required if construction to Crewe was pushed forward.
Discussions in the House of Commons with the Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin led to what Mr Fabricant failed to provide any hope that Lichfield could be spared.
“I now believe that as a sop to the Labour Party to keep them on-board with HS2, the so-called ‘temporary’ link between HS2 just north of Lichfield and the West Coast Main Line will be permanent. The link will enable Stoke to benefit from HS2.
“In the House of Commons, I told the Transport Secretary that HS2 will transform the leafy lanes of Lichfield into the marshalling yards of Lichfield.
“I also asked Patrick McLoughlin whether the temporary rail link will now not be needed. His non-answer to that specific question spoke a thousand words.”
The Minister did not answer the questions directly, insisting instead that the focus would be on ensuring areas such as Lichfield can benefit from high speed rail.”
But Mr Fabricant believes the project will blight lives in the city rather than enhance them.
“This constant changing of the route of HS2 inherited from the last Labour Government ruins lives and shows how inadequate and damaging the route is,” he warned.
“It needs a total rethink.”