Stop HS2 protesters in Lichfield

Campaigners have blasted a Select Committee HS2 report, saying it failed to fully take into account the views of local residents.

The latest stage of the controversial high speed rail development – which will see the line cut through parts of Lichfield and the surrounding villages – saw recommended some alterations to the scheme.

But members of the Stop HS2 say the HS2 Hybrid Bill Select Committee’s final report does not go far enough.

An artist’s impression of HS2

Stop HS2 Campaign Manager Joe Rukin said: “Two years ago, we had great hopes that the committee would see how badly planned HS2 has been and make significant changes. However, after almost two years, next to nothing has been demanded by the committee, and those changes which have been made are minor.

“We are incredibly disappointed that the feelings of communities along the route of HS2 have largely been ignored, as HS2 has been railroaded through. We can only hope the House of Lords take our concerns more seriously when petitioning there starts in a couple of months.

“Besides asking for a couple of extra studies here and there, they have very much decided that the big issues petitioners brought up are irrelevant.”

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