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High speed rail proposals


As a county council, we remain focused on getting the best deal for Staffordshire in terms of mitigation, compensation for residents, economic benefits and improved connectivity.

Phase 1

Phase One passes across Lichfield District. The 12 mile railway through Lichfield joins the West Coast Main Line near to Handsacre.

We petitioned against Phase 1 and achieved the lowering of 8 km of the line in Lichfield. We also secured an assurance that the Handsacre link, connecting HS2 to the West Coast Main Line, would be constructed. This will provide the infrastructure needed for Staffordshire to receive HS2 services and gain economic benefit as a result.

Phase 2

The preferred route for Phase Two includes around 33 miles of new railway through Staffordshire and continues from Kings Bromley through Stafford and Newcastle boroughs:

  • On 30 November 2015, then Chancellor, George Osborne, confirmed the acceleration of the western leg of the route from the West Midlands to Crewe, referred to as Phase 2a.

  • The eastern leg of the route (West Midlands to Leeds) is referred to as Phase 2b. A small section of this route is proposed in southern Tamworth.

Further information

You can find further information can be found on the gov.uk website.

We also have a dedicated section which answers the most frequently asked questions.

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