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HS2 chiefs hold public consultation in Tamworth

By Tamworth Herald  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

HS2 chiefs hold public consultation in Tamworth

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HIGH speed rail chiefs are coming to Tamworth this week as part of its public consultation on the proposed route for Phase Two of HS2.

The event is being held at Tamworth Assembly Rooms in Corporation Street on Wednesday (December 4) from 12noon until 8pm.

HS2 took a major step forward last week with the publication of the Bill for phase one of the country’s new railway between London and Birmingham. The hybrid Bill, effectively the planning application for the scheme, will give the government the powers to construct and operate the railway.

HS2 is the biggest infrastructure investment for a generation. Officials say it will improve capacity across the rail network, shorten journey times between Britain’s major population centres, boost the economy and create approximately 400,000 jobs, with 70 per cent expected to be delivered outside London.

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HS2 Ltd staff in the fields of engineering, environment, property compensation, noise mitigation and community engagement will be on hand to offer a range of advice and information to people attending the event.

A special sound booth is also being set up to offer visitors an accurate recording of how the HS2 line will sound in that particular section of the proposed route.

The Phase Two consultation will run until early January 2014, where people will be able to review local information and speak directly with HS2 Ltd staff about the proposals.

Responses to the consultation will play an important part in informing the decision on a final route, station and depot options by the end of 2014.

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  • Pete_bate  |  December 05 2013, 6:38AM

    I for one can not see how HS2 will make any difference to the jobs market and opportunities for people in the midlands for one rail ticket pricing is already far far far too high beyond most average earners. This is another Look we must be seen to be doing something on infrastructure spending because the roads are falling apart because of government forced cuts, So lets have this project because we can then say investment in infrastructure has increased, This new HS2 service as its tax payer funded will it remain a nationalised service or will the government privatise it as soon as its complete and does not require a blank tax payer cheque book???????