Staffordshire residents are being encouraged to find out more about how HS2 will affect the county – at a series of drop-in information events in September and October.
HS2 Limited has organised the events to allow people to find out more about the project and about what it may mean for them and their local communities.
The first event takes place tomorrow (Friday) at Whitmore & District Village Hall, Coneygreave Lane, Newcastle, between 11am and 7pm, where people will have the chance to speak to HS2 experts and see detailed maps of the proposed route.
Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, said:
From the outset we have championed the voice and the cause of Staffordshire to mitigate the impact of HS2, win compensation for residents and ensure Staffordshire shares in any economic benefits from this national transport project.
“With an engineering project of this size, the design was always going to be subject to change, so it is important that people take the time to find out for themselves how the scheme may affect them.”
In November 2015, the Secretary of State for Transport announced plans to bring forward the West Midlands to Crewe Section of the HS2, with phase 2a to open in 2027, six years ahead of schedule.
There are three proposed changes to the design which are being consulted on separately as part of the Design Refinement consultation and are being considered by the Secretary of State for Transport. These are:
• extending the proposed tunnel at Crewe, re-siting the tunnel entrance south of the A500 and Weston Lane;
• moving the lines near Crewe that would connect HS2 to the West Coast Main Line further south and extending their length; and
• constructing a temporary railhead near Stone, with the potential to convert it to a permanent maintenance facility.
This consultation asks for views, based on the information included in the Design Refinement Consultation document, which will be considered by the Secretary of State when making his decision about the final route. The consultation closes on November 7.
Further events information events will be held from noon to 8pm on October 5 at Kings Bromley Village Hall; on October 7 at Great Haywood Memorial Hall; on October 10 at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre; on October 12 at Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre and on October 15 (from 10am to 5pm) at The Madeley Centre, Madeley.