Getting the best deal for Staffordshire is our aim as PM gives HS2 green light

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Phase One and Phase 2a of the HS2 rail project, which will run from the Midlands to Crewe, will go ahead.  He also said that Phase 2b should be considered as part of a wider integrated High Speed North rail plan and gave his backing to the operation of the Handsacre Link, which will allow the area to benefit from HS2 compatible trains via Stafford.

At the very least, this brings an end to years of uncertainty for communities. Regular readers of my blog will know that the HS2 project will cut through 45 miles of Staffordshire countryside and from the outset we have championed the cause of our county and our communities in terms of securing meaningful mitigation and compensation.

From the outset, we have been committed to getting the best deal for Staffordshire in terms of mitigation for our county. We have also made it very clear that Staffordshire must share in any economic benefits and improved connectivity. This includes ensuring we benefit from HS2 compatible trains via Stafford once the Handsacre Link is built. Although there has been some doubt over whether this will be built, it does have the backing of the Prime Minster and is part of the legislation passed to construct Phase One. We look forward to building on the measures we have secured so far and will be working with the new dedicated HS2 Minister Andrew Stephenson MP to ensure the voice of Staffordshire continues to be heard.

With confirmation that the scheme will now go ahead, be assured  our work to get the best deal for Staffordshire and our communities continues and to make sure the government deliver on their promises. You can read more about HS2 here. 

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