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Transport Secretary insists HS2 will create opportunity for more West Coast Main Line services to stop at Lichfield Trent Valley

Passengers have been reassured that HS2 will provide an opportunity for more West Coast Main Line services to stop in Lichfield.

A Virgin Trains service passing through Lichfield Trent Valley. Pic: Matt Buck

A Virgin Trains service passing through Lichfield Trent Valley on the West Coast Main Line. Pic: Matt Buck

The city’s MP Michael Fabricant raised the issue in Parliament amid fears additional capacity could be used for freight rather than passenger trains.

But Transport Secretary Chris Grayling insisted that areas not served by HS2, including Lichfield, will still benefit.

“Once High Speed 2 comes into operation it will move the express trains off the existing West Coast Main Line and on to the new route,” Mr Grayling said. “That will provide a great opportunity to improve services to intermediate stops such as Lichfield that do not have a good enough service at the moment.

“The Pendolinos have many years to go, and I have no doubt that they will be replaced by a high-quality fast train in the future.

“The new plans will provide an opportunity for more trains to stop at Lichfield.”

Mr Fabricant said he had been “reassured” by the response.

“I and commuters have been worried with talk about more freight traffic being shifted onto the West Coast Main Line at the expense of passenger services,” he said. “But over 40 stations along the West Coast Mainline – including Lichfield and Tamworth – will not be served by HS2.

“That was a good clear answer – it has reassured me and, I hope, my constituents.”

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  1. John Griffin

    21st April, 2018 at 10:52 am

    So the likely eventual cost would be £100 bn, how much could that do for the country? Affordable housing?

  2. Andrew Hardy

    2nd May, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    HS2 IS FOR LONDON. It is to address the problem of London’s severe shortage of affordable housing. When built, thousands of skilled jobs will be re-located to London from the North and Midlands, sucking wealth from the regions into the capital. Grayling is cutting spending on anything that does not achieve this objective. It is not going to create thousands of jobs either. They refer to jobs that will be done by moving people from other tasks, and they are TEMPORARY. HS2 has spent millions of pounds of TAXPAYER’s money on PR companies to convince the TAXPAYER that HS2 is a good idea and still the vast majority of the public think the opposite. This is and outdated, poor value, white elephant designed to benefit London at the expense of the North and and Midlands.