The HS2 Community Engagement centre

A pop-up HS2 engagement centre is coming to Lichfield.

The controversial high speed rail scheme will be up for discussion when it visits the city as part of a tour across the Midlands.

The HS2 Community Engagement centre

Staff from HS2 Ltd will be in the Market Square from 10am to 7pm on 5th June.

Mark Thurston, CEO of HS2 Ltd, said: “HS2 is more than a railway and there are many opportunities for those who live along the line of route and beyond.

“As a transformative project for the country, we aim to be creative in our approach to engagement and want to interact with as many different communities as possible.

“Our new mobile engagement roadshow is just one of the ways we are reaching out to people, and ensuring the opportunities HS2 offers are available to everyone.

“As part of our drive to be a leading project in our approach to engagement, our teams are working closely with the local communities they serve, and someone from each area will be on hand to speak with visitors at all of our roadshow events.”

Councillors in Lichfield have recently agreed to call for a halt to HS2 preparatory work until the final go-ahead for construction is given the green light.

It came as part of a motion from Cllr Alan White which also saw a plea for improved engagement with communities hit by the new railway line.

Julie King, community and stakeholder engagement director at HS2 Ltd, said: “Last year we engaged with more than 36,000 people at over 2,000 engagement events across the whole HS2 route.

“Our new community engagement roadshow allows us to showcase the opportunities provided by HS2 in more areas than ever before.

“Experts from all areas of the project will be on hand, along with a wealth of resources to experience on the trailer or take away, ensuring that people can get the most out of this crucial investment in the UK’s national transport system.”

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5 replies on “Pop-up HS2 engagement centre coming to Lichfield”

  1. Community engagement on a Wednesday. Handy for people at work and at school (by the time it’s built children currently in Primary School will be adults). Slow hand clap.

  2. HS2 may not be perfect, but Railways are infinitely more preferable to Roads. Our District Council should support rail and oppose any new roads like Staffordshire County Council’s ‘Road to Nowhere’ that is the ‘Southern Bypass’.

  3. LIchfield District Council should be supporting this railway and not be voting against it. Staffordshire County Council sponsored roads are the bigger threat to the health and wellbeing of existing residents, namely the road to nowhere that is the Southern Bypass planned for the new St John’s development.

  4. Alastair agree fully, but not that railway – the money has been demonstrated to be far better spent (in economic development terms) on West-East networks.

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