An artist's impression of HS2
An artist's impression of HS2
An artist's impression of HS2
An artist’s impression of HS2

Lichfield District Council will not appear before a Select Committee after changes to the HS2 route through the area were confirmed.

However, the local authority says it will not withdraw the petition over the controversial high speed rail line.

A meeting of the council’s cabinet examined revised plans which will see the line tunelled under the West Coast Main Line and A38 instead of passing above on a viaduct.

Changes will also see two crossings over the Trent and Mersey Canal removed and a lowering of the line at Hints.

As a result, the council has opted not to appear at a Select Committee hearing on Tuesday (October 14).

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s cabinet member for economic growth and development, said: “Although we have not achieved everything we wanted, it’s encouraging to see that HS2 Limited has accepted a number of our recommendations and has consequently agreed to make changes to the Hybrid Bill.

Cllr Ian Pritchard

“This shows the value in making a petition to Parliament and making our views known. If we had not submitted this petition, it’s highly unlikely we would have seen changes of this kind, if any.

“While agreeing not to appear before the Select Committee, we’re not planning to withdraw our petition. This will allow us to work with HS2 to address other issues, such as noise, ecology and more.”

Cllr Pritchard insisted the move didn’t mean the council was ignoring other concerns about the controversial project.

“We’ll continue to support other petitioners, where appropriate, including those acting for a number of petitioners on route-wide issues,” he said.

“We also intend to work to make sure that any future designs and details of the scheme are fully appraised and the local impacts properly mitigated.”

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.