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.
We petitioned against Phase 1 and successfully 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.
On 17 July 2017, the Phase 2a hybrid Bill was deposited in Parliament. The Bill seeks powers to build the route from the West Midlands through Staffordshire to Crewe. As part of this, a full Environmental Statement (ES) and Equalities Impact Assessment (EQIA) have been produced. These were subject to a ten week consultation, offering members of the public the opportunity to comment. This closed on 30 September 2017. Staffordshire County Council submitted a joint response with Lichfield District Council, Stafford Borough Council and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council.
The Staffordshire Authorities Consultation Response (1.72mb)
The Bill deposit came as part of a wider announcement on HS2 which included:
- The contract award for the HS2 Phase 1 main civil engineering contracts worth £6.6bn.
- The confirmation of the whole of the HS2 Phase 2b route, from Crewe to Manchester and from the West Midlands to Leeds, including the Government’s response to the consultation on changes launched in November 2016.
Further information can be found here.
We have created a dedicated section which answers the most frequently asked questions.