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We must get a good deal from HS2 say residents

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: January 14, 2013

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RESIDENTS in Colwich and the Haywoods are bracing themselves for an announcement of the location of the HS2 rail line.

Details of the route north of Birmingham, which will fork into routes to Manchester and Leeds, are expected to be announced this month.

If approved, the left hand spur would cut through Staffordshire with the widely-tipped options of a station close to the M6 either in Staffordshire or Cheshire.

Villagers say the line is likely to be sited near their communi- ties and they want to ensure they get adequate screening.

Stafffordshire County Council’s transport chief Mike Maryon has pledged to fight for the best deal for residents when the route is announced.

Colwich resident Rolfe Pearce said villagers would be mobil- ising to ask for bunding between the line and properties.

“We have seen helicopters coming over mapping the route so we are pretty confident it’s going to be close to us,” he said.

“We are going to be sandwiched right in between the West Coast Mainline and HS2.

"We must get a good deal. We proba- bly can’t stop it but we can probably petition to get an earth bank put between us and the actual line.

“We should be asking the council and HS2 to buy up the land between the villages and the line and turn it into a park area or maybe a small industrial area.”

Councillor Maryon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We know that an announcement is imminent and whether this involves a station in the geographic county of Staffordshire or Cheshire, our resolve to help communities has not waned.

“We have worked closely with communities likely to be blighted in phase one of HS2 and will be bringing this experi- ence, knowledge and commitment to get the very best out- come for those likely to be affected by this next phase.”

While not supporting the proposals, Councillor Maryon said the county council recognised the importance of working closely with HS2 Limited.

He added: “We need to ensure that any benefits from HS2 are transferred across the county to compensate for the impact of the line without any direct benefits to Staffordshire residents.”

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  January 28 2013, 8:14PM

    Well Mr Nigel Morris, as ever you are totally wrong and it seems my assessment of HS2 and the proposed route for over 2 years now was not just right but as devastating as I feared. Nigel its people like you who only see the nice shiny train and fail to see the misery for those in Staffordshire who have woken today to find that their home is due for demolition, you seem not to care, and that is for you to Live with

  • Staf Newsletter  |  January 14 2013, 8:47PM

    In my option this person is starting to sound like a broken record. The principal rationale supporting HS2 is capacity, reliability and quality of services facilitated by the new line; speed is simply an advantageous by-product. The WCML is filling up fast - additional pathways for trains have now all but evaporated - the WCML is the busiest mixed traffic rail artery in Western Europe, bar none. On a regular basis, slower running, stopping commuter services are sacrificed to provide pathways for fast inter-city services, for which demand is rising relentlessly year on year - 9% for the last comparable annual period. Indirectly HS2 WILL take freight off the motorway network by releasing pathways on the existing network. He say that a” helicopters coming over mapping the route so we are pretty confident it’s going to be close to us” is he a mind reader as the route is not known yet. Better still did the helicopters have HS2 on the side or even police? Maybe if he keeps seeing them he better call the RAF as he may have seen a UFO

  • Staf Newsletter  |  January 14 2013, 8:24PM

    In my option this person is starting to sound like a broken record. The principal rationale supporting HS2 is capacity, reliability and quality of services facilitated by the new line; speed is simply an advantageous by-product. The WCML is filling up fast - additional pathways for trains have now all but evaporated - the WCML is the busiest mixed traffic rail artery in Western Europe, bar none. On a regular basis, slower running, stopping commuter services are sacrificed to provide pathways for fast inter-city services, for which demand is rising relentlessly year on year - 9% for the last comparable annual period. Indirectly HS2 WILL take freight off the motorway network by releasing pathways on the existing network. He say that a” helicopters coming over mapping the route so we are pretty confident it’s going to be close to us” is he a mind reader as the route is not known yet. Better still did the helicopters have HS2 on the side or even police? Maybe if he keeps seeing them he better call the RAF as he may have seen a UFO

  • Staf Newsletter  |  January 14 2013, 8:15PM

    In my option this person is starting to sound like a broken record. The principal rationale supporting HS2 is capacity, reliability and quality of services facilitated by the new line; speed is simply an advantageous by-product. The WCML is filling up fast - additional pathways for trains have now all but evaporated - the WCML is the busiest mixed traffic rail artery in Western Europe, bar none. On a regular basis, slower running, stopping commuter services are sacrificed to provide pathways for fast inter-city services, for which demand is rising relentlessly year on year - 9% for the last comparable annual period. Indirectly HS2 WILL take freight off the motorway network by releasing pathways on the existing network. He say that a” helicopters coming over mapping the route so we are pretty confident it’s going to be close to us” is he a mind reader as the route is not known yet. Better still did the helicopters have HS2 on the side or even police? Maybe if he keeps seeing them he better call the RAF as he may have seen a UFO

  • Staf Newsletter  |  January 14 2013, 7:54PM

    In my option this person is starting to sound like a broken record. The principal rationale supporting HS2 is capacity, reliability and quality of services facilitated by the new line; speed is simply an advantageous by-product. The WCML is filling up fast - additional pathways for trains have now all but evaporated - the WCML is the busiest mixed traffic rail artery in Western Europe, bar none. On a regular basis, slower running, stopping commuter services are sacrificed to provide pathways for fast inter-city services, for which demand is rising relentlessly year on year - 9% for the last comparable annual period. Indirectly HS2 WILL take freight off the motorway network by releasing pathways on the existing network. He say that a” helicopters coming over mapping the route so we are pretty confident it’s going to be close to us” is he a mind reader as the route is not known yet. Better still did the helicopters have HS2 on the side or even police? Maybe if he keeps seeing them he better call the RAF as he may have seen a UFO

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