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Second phase of rail link due

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 08, 2013

By HELEN KREFT

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A TRANSPORT leader has vowed to win the best deal for local communities when details of the next phase of a high speed rail link are announced.

The Department for Transport has confirmed to Staffordshire County Council that a decision on the second phase of HS2 will be made early in 2013.

The expected second phase will see the route link up in a “Y” shape to Manchester and Leeds.

During a community forum, HS2 representatives showed plans for a major intersection north of the A38, in Streethay, near Alrewas, where high speed trains would branch off to Manchester.

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.

Mike Maryon, the county council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said the council would continue to work hard to mitigate the impact on communities.

Mike 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 experience, knowledge and commitment to get the very best outcome 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.

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