ENVIRONMENTAL groups have said that measures are needed to protect village life from the adverse effects of high-speed trains.
Plans unveiled last week show that 250mph carriages would go hurtling past leafy communities like Balsall Common and Hampton-in-Arden.
Chris Williams (pictured), from Solihull Green Party, has said that the plans could help to cut carbon emissions, but noise and disruption must be mitigated.
“The trains will create many jobs in Birmingham and Solihull and there are also environmental benefits,” he said.
“But there must be a careful consultation with the communities affected. It’s no good planners deciding the fate of places they have never been to.
“When it comes to villages and areas of countryside, measures must be put in place to reduce the impact on residents.”
Friends of the Earth have also said that the negative effects need to be dealt with.
Entering Solihull, the new track would pass over the existing railway at Berkswell station - with a new bridge being proposed.
Trains would pass north of Balsall Common - with the map suggesting that Lavender Hall Farm could be subject to a compulsory purchase order.
Anxious locals have been quick to respond to the proposals - with some having their say online.
One poster at Balsall.com described the plans as “bonkers” and criticised the noise that would be created.
“For anyone thinking our 100mph trains passing through a cutting make a lot of noise (as now), you will not want to hear what 250mph on a raised strip sounds like.”
The line would also pass close to Hampton-in-Arden, with a new crossing built across the River Blythe - near the existing Packhorse Bridge.
Trains would stop at a new station, near to the current Birmingham International.
A consultation is set to take place before the route is finalised. Work will not start on the railway until 2017 at the earliest.
* Do you live in Hampton, Balsall Common or elsewhere along the suggested route? Write in to 150, High Street, Solihull, B91 3SX with your views.