HS2 and Lichfield District

High Speed 2 is a government backed and promoted proposal to develop a high speed rail line between London and the West Midlands (Phase 1) with latter spurs to Manchester and Leeds (Phase 2).

The preferred route for Phase 1 runs from Euston, London to a point just south of Handsacre in Lichfield District, where there would be a connection with the existing West Coast Mainline.

Approximately 12 miles of the preferred route lies in Lichfield District, which is the only part of Staffordshire impacted by Phase 1.

  • We object to High Speed 2 (HS2) as we feel that it is unlikely to bring the claimed economic benefits to residents and businesses in Lichfield District.
  • We also believe its development will negatively impact our local environment and our communities.
  • Our views are shared by Staffordshire County Council and many local people.

Whilst we object to the proposals in principle, we have been actively engaged with plans for HS2 in an effort to ensure government and ministers listen to local concerns about the impact of the construction and operation of the rail line on local communities and the environment. 

This section outlines our actions in relation to HS2.

This section was last updated on 11 June 2019.