Campaigners have vowed that the fight against HS2 will go on regardless of how MPs vote on the issue.
The House of Commons is set to decide on the controversial high speed rail line today (April 28).
The HS2 Hybrid Bill is expected to be passed, although local Conservative MPs Michael Fabricant and Christopher Pincher have already said they will rebel against the Government.
Now members of the Stop HS2 group are warning other MPs that a vote for the project will “mean a loss of hundreds of votes” at the next election.
“The case for HS2 has kept changing,” said Stop HS2 campaign manager they said it would be green, but it isn’t; they have said it has a great business case, but it hasn’t; they have said it is needed for capacity, but it doesn’t provide capacity where it is needed; and they have said it will rebalance the economy and develop the North, but the opposite is true.
“So the question remains, what is HS2 for? The answer is as it always has been for no other reason than political vanity and strong lobbying from those with vested interests in HS2 going ahead.
“It seems that everyone besides the political elite knows HS2 will be a disaster, so whatever happens today, we will fight on.”
The line is set to cut through parts of Lichfield and the surrounding villages.