CONTROVERSIAL plans for a high speed train line that could cut through Meriden will be displayed in Hampton in Arden.
Heart of England High Speed Rail Action Group (HHAG), say arguments for and against the £34 billion High Speed Two proposals, which would link Birmingham and London, will be presented at an exhibition in the Church Hall on Saturday December 18 from 10am to 3pm.
The exhibition will include the Government’s plans, maps, rationale and claims for benefits, the view of Solihull council, and contributions from local community and environmental groups opposed to the plans.
The proposed HS2 route cuts across the Blythe River and valley on a 500 metre long viaduct crossing Meriden Road at Patrick’s Farm. It then crosses Diddington Lane reaching a new interchange station in Bickenhill north, off the A45.
HHAG claim HS2 would increase traffic and noise, see further development of the Meriden Gap green belt and damage wildlife and the environment.
The group are also concerned about a flood risk from the viaduct building work, disruption during construction, and a ‘planning blight’ which they claim has devalued property.
They say they do not believe HS2 would have any economic or environmental benefits and that cheaper less damaging options are available.
HHAG are collecting views to represent the community at a public consultation in the New Year.
Petitions for and against the proposals, a raffle and refreshments will be available at the exhibition.
For more information visit www.hhag.org.uk