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Councillors reassured that Kings Bromley won’t be used as a main HS2 construction route

A village near Lichfield will not be used as a key construction route for HS2, councillors have been reassured.

An artist's impression of HS2

An artist’s impression of HS2

There had been fears Kings Bromley could bear the brunt when building work begins on the high speed rail line.

But Staffordshire County Council says it has won “key assurances” from HS2 Ltd, including news that part of the Kings Bromley viaduct will be lowered.

The news comes after council leader Philip Atkins appeared before the HS2 Select Committee last month in a bid to ensure the best deal for locals impacted by the new line.

Cllr Philip Atkins. Pic: M Holland

Cllr Philip Atkins. Pic: M Holland

Cllr Atkins said: “From the very outset the county council has been committed to ensuring the voices of our communities were heard and getting the best outcome from HS2 for them, the county and for businesses in terms of mitigation, compensation, improved connectivity and a share in any economic benefits the project delivers.

“The assurances we have received will significantly help mitigate the impact of HS2 on some communities, but there is a great deal of detailed work still to be done with our district and borough council colleagues to mitigate the impact during construction and operation as much as possible.”

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  1. Roy Appleby

    10th May, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Mr Atkins,
    Can you guarantee that Lichfield town centre road won’t use as a construction route?

  2. Bob

    10th May, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Seeing as HS2 construction will necessitate the moving of millions of tons of earth, closing the A51 between Lichfield and Rugeley and months of overnight closures of the A38 I think it’s fair to say there will be major disruption for years.

  3. Cllr Richard Cox

    12th May, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    anything to do with HS2 is lies and deceit which no doubt continues because this project will only deliver utter chaos for years to come on our roads.
    Tuesday 8th May was a prime example with the junction of B5014 / A515 Seedy Mill with traffic chaos due to traffic control. It took me 45 minutes to get to Lichfield from Armitage, normally no more than 10 minutes.