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A decision not to bury HS2 power cables near Lichfield has been criticised by the area’s MP.

The HS2 Parliamentary Committee opted to back the decision for pylons to be used instead for the controversial high speed rail route when it passes through Blithfield.

The committee said the decision was a more cost effective one.

A report said: “We accept that the proposal for the siting of overground pylons is the best option for provision of electricity to the railway.

“The cost differential is £65 million.

“Although the area is rural in nature, it is an undulating landscape and so the pylons would appear at differing heights and thus not make a huge impact on the landscape.”

Michael Fabricant

But Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant said the cost would be a relative drop in the ocean compared to the overall £100billion price tag.

“I am disappointed that the HS2 Parliamentary Committee has come out in favour of pylons as opposed to buried cables to provide power for the HS2 railway line at Blithfield,” the Conservative MP said.

Michael adds “Given the cost of the railway is likely to be in the region of £100 billion, £65 million is neither here nor there.

“But with the cost and time over-run of Crossrail, I hope that a new Conservative Prime Minister may be chosen who shares my doubts about the whole viability of the HS2 programmme and will stop it in its tracks.”


Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.

8 replies on “Lichfield MP “disappointed” by backing of plan to use pylons for HS2 power through Blithfield”

  1. Doesn’t this just sum up why our infrastructure costs become so inflated when every NIMBY has their say and then wonder why completion costs exceed their original budget that then generates calls to cancel such schemes! A drop in the ocean of £65m could fund just what I wonder?

  2. Well that particular ‘drop in the ocean’ could buy a new build for a state of the art 1200 pupil secondary school and still have 10 million left over to purchase the land or pay the staffing costs for 5 years.

  3. I’m sure a few years ago it was confirmed that living by these pylons was a cause for alarm due to an increased number of people developing cancer. If that is true then 65 Million is cheap compared to the costs to the persons affected, the NHS for their treatment, the DWP for the sickness benefits & or funeral costs. These would not be 1 off payments either as future generations would be affected too. So yes 65 million is a very insignificant sum. I cannot believe that for the 1st time ever i have actually agreed with Mr Fabricant MP.

  4. When you consider the environmental damage by HS2 as a whole this represents just another added aspect. I have been a long distance walker over most areas of the UK. The hand of man is nearly always apparent. The population grows, 66 million now , 71 million by 2040. Green belts under threat and exponential building growth. Aesthetics are rarely a consideration unless a select few are effected. Health likewise is given lip service if infrastructure is a priority. It is positive that we make our feelings known but unlikely we can change the machinations of capitalistic endeavour. Too many fingers in the pie! You should be very careful who you delegate your affairs to politically. They may not have your best interests at heart, and rightly as has been stated we do not often consider the impact on others outside our immediate vicinity.

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