Lichfield’s MP insists his fight against HS2 goes on, despite him backing changes to the route of the controversial line through the area.
The Government have agreed the high speed rail route will now pass under the A38, West Coast Main Line and the South Staffordshire Line.
The project had previously proposed a viaducts above, but the changes mean there will no longer need to be two crossings over the Trent and Mersey Canal.
Mr Fabricant said that the changes represented a “victory” but insisted he would carry on the fight against controversial scheme.
“While I will continue to oppose HS2 in Parliament and vote against the whole project when the HS2 Bill comes back to the House of Commons for 3rd Reading, probably in 2016, I will be supporting the Orders on June 23 which will change the routing of the line through Lichfield,” he said.
“This is a major victory for local campaigners and myself and will mitigate the damage to the environment had they stuck to the old route with the high viaduct.
“It has been a long hard fight to get these improvements and, if we cannot stop HS2, I am keen that these changes be made.
“Nevertheless, I continue to oppose the whole design of HS2 which unnecessarily damages previously unspoiled countryside, is more expensive than it need be, does not link with Heathrow Airport or the continent, and does not provide adequate links to stations like Birmingham New Street.
“That is why I will oppose it at 3rd Reading.”