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The Green Party say reports the start of work on HS2 will be delayed are no cause for celebration for Lichfield and Burntwood residents. Construction experts have predicted the high speed rail project will not get underway until 2020, despite the Government announcing in June that work would start in 2017. The Hybrid Bill, which permits HS2 to go ahead, is likely to be signed off with Royal Assent by the end of next year. The controversial scheme will cut through parts of Lichfield and the surrounding villages. But Lichfield and Burntwood spokesman Simon Partridge said only the scrapping of the project would be worth celebrating. He added: “We are completely opposed to HS2, as we believe it is a waste of public money that could be better spent elsewhere. “Any delays to the project are not worth celebrating – only its cancellation would be worth cheering.” But HS2 Ltd say the project will be delivered as predicted. A spokesman added: “We remain confident that the main construction of HS2 will start in 2017, with civils work to begin in 2018.”

Lewis Deakin

NCTJ-trained reporter with experience in a wide variety of journalism settings.