STAFFORD MP Jeremy Lefroy says reports of a new HS2 hub station in the town are off track - but town passengers will be able to take a non-stop journey onto the high-speed line.
Speculation emerged this week that Stafford was to have a stop on the high speed line.
But Mr Lefroy and the Department for Transport say it will be a spur off the high speed line onto the West Coast mainline at Armitage to provide an hourly service- from Stafford to London, taking approximately 60 minutes.
Mr Lefroy said: “Stafford is not going to be a stop on the high speed line.
High speed trains from London will come off the high speed line at Armitage or Lichfield and go on to the West Coast mainline and stop at Stafford and give us hopefully a one hour in each direction service which we have at the moment.”
A spokesman for the Department for Transport said: “There’s a spur off onto the West Coast mainline then it would go back up to Crewe where there will be a hub station.”
Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin said this week the country needed HS2.
A patch and mend job will not do the only option is a new north/south railway.
“HS2 brings massive benefits to the north, is great for commuters and the alternatives just don’t stack up.”
Bob Gasch of Marston against HS2, attended the HS2 consultation events at Yarnfield and Armitage last week but remained unconvinced by HS2 Ltd’s case and the sound booths, which visitors can use to assess how their area will be affected by the noise of the trains.
He said: “Going to both events and talking to different people I got different answers to the same question (about landscaping).
“At the moment they are putting out a lot of propaganda to shout the opposition groups down.”
Marston against HS2 recently hosted a fund-raising dinner, with former MP Neil Hamilton and wife Christine as after dinner speakers, to pull in pounds for their fighting fund. There were 125 guests at the event at the Greyhound Inn at Yarlet.
The group will also be out raising awareness at Stone Farmers’ Market on Saturday.
MP Jeremy Lefroy is holding his own HS2 open days at Hopton Village Hall tomorrow and Tixall Village Hall on November 13, from 2pm-9pm both days.