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HS2 Ltd offers free buses for visitors to Stafford high speed rail consultation

By Kerry.Ashdown  |  Posted: December 09, 2013

By Kerry Ashdown

  • An impression of what the HS2 line could look like in Great Haywood

  • An impression of what the HS2 line could look like from Yarnfield Lane

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PLANS for high speed rail through Stafford Borough go on display at the County Showground tomorrow – and free buses will be laid on for visitors.

HS2 Ltd is hosting an information session from 12pm to 8pm as part of the current consultation on the line’s route from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds.

Visitors will be able to speak to HS2 Ltd staff and view information on how the line will affect their local area.

If the project goes ahead the line will cut through land at the County Showground, as well as passing through areas including Hopton, Marston, Yarlet, Yarnfield, Swynnerton and Colton.

Concerns have previously been raised about hosting Stafford’s information session at a venue outside the town centre.

But free shuttle buses are being offered to and from the County Showground, with three different routes available.

Route One starts at Hixon’s Bank House Inn, departing at 11.30am, 2.30pm and 5.30pm, and calls along the way at the Red Lion at Little Haywood, the Clifford Arms at Great Haywood, Ingestre Lodges and Tixall Church, arriving at the Showground approximately 50 minutes after leaving Hixon. Return journeys from the Showground start at 2.20pm, 5.20pm and 7.35pm

Route Two starts at Weston’s Woolpack pub at 12.50pm and 3.50pm, taking approximately 45 minutes. Along the way it also calls at Salt Village Hall, Marston’s St Leonard’s Church, Hopton Lane opposite Mount Edge and Hopton Lane next to The Green. Departures from the County Showground are at 3.40pm and 6.40pm.

Route Three runs from Stafford Railway Station at 1.55pm and 4.55pm, arriving approximately 25 minutes later at the County Showground. It also calls at Stafford’s Earl Street bus stop and Trenchard Avenue opposite Tedder Road, departing the showground at 4.40pm and 7.35pm.

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