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County councillors vow to keep up fight to get best deal on HS2 for Lichfield residents

Councillors have reiterated their vow to fight for the best deal for the region on HS2.

An artist's impression of HS2

An artist’s impression of HS2

The controversial high speed rail route will cut through part of Lichfield and the surrounding villages as it connects London with the north.

Members of Staffordshire County Council have pledged agreed to lobby on Phase 2a, which will run from the West Midlands to Crewe in a bid to mitigate the impact of the line on local communities.

Cllr Mark Winnington, Cabinet member for economic growth, said: “From the outset the county council has been committed to get the best outcome from HS2 for the county, for communities and for businesses in terms of mitigation, compensation, improved connectivity and a share in any economic benefits the project delivers.

“As part of our lobbying on Phase One we achieved the lowering of five miles of the route in Lichfield, bringing significant environmental mitigation, and it is only right that we continue to do everything can to get the best deal for Staffordshire in this next phase.

“We also secured the inclusion of the Handsacre Link, which will allow Staffordshire residents to benefit from high speed travel via the hub at Stafford.”

The county council had around 100 100 petitioning points on Phase 1 of HS2, which ranged from major changes to the vertical alignment of the railway to points of technical detail concerning the Environmental Statement.

The High Speed Rail (West Midlands to Crewe) Bill was deposited to Parliament in July and a second reading is expected in the House of Commons in early 2018.

At this stage the county council and other parties will be able to petition on the impact along the 33 miles of the route, with the authority identifying points such as the potential to lower the height of the railway as it passes by Kings Bromley on a viaduct and ensuring the proper restoration for the planned borrow pits in Lichfield.

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1 Comment

  1. John Griffin

    18th December, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    This train has gone. Councillor trash talk, key decisions taken or not in their influence. Only reason for changes will be political calculation