RESIDENTS who want to find out more about a proposed high speed rail route - which will 'cut through swathes of Staffordshire' - will have their first chance to quiz experts on the proposals at an event in Stone today.
The first HS2 information day takes place at Yarnfield Park in Yarnfield between midday and 8pm today, with bus services from Stone, Swynnerton and Eccleshall laid on to take people from surrounding areas to the exhibition.
A spokesman for HS2 said: "These events are an opportunity to review the consultation information, understand more about the implications for your local area and speak directly with HS2 Ltd staff about the proposed scheme."
Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Infrastructure, Mark Winnington said: “As a council we are opposed to HS2 and are committed to championing the cause of residents to win timely and meaningful compensation for communities affected.
“The high speed train route will cut through swathes of Staffordshire and this second phase from the West Midlands to Manchester and Leeds will cut through a further 33 miles if it goes ahead," he said.
"These events are an opportunity to take a detailed look at the proposed route and help the county mitigate the impact of this national transport project on Staffordshire.”
The bus services is offered on a first come, first served basis and sets off from Crown Street in Stone, The Fitzherbert Arms in Swynnerton and Castle Street, Eccleshall. The full timetable is listed below.
A future event in Stafford will take place on Tuesday December 10 and the County Showground.