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MP refutes train opposition claim

MERIDEN MP Caroline Spelman has dismissed claims that the Tories are against high-speed trains between London and Birmingham.

MERIDEN MP Caroline Spelman has dismissed claims that the Tories are against high-speed trains between London and Birmingham.

She said that Conservatives would look at implementing a new network between major cities, but that the impact on local residents would need to be mitigated.

Solihull Council chiefs have recently held talks with Transport Secretary Lord Adonis about the plans.

They are among several local authorities who are on the front line of the ambitious development.

Although the exact route won’t be known until next month, business chiefs have been lobbying for trains to stop at Birmingham International station.

This would give commuters easy access to Solihull’s key assets like the NEC and Birmingham Airport.

But for residents in places like Hampton-in-Arden, it’s an anxious wait to see how the route will impact on their community.

Some villagers are concerned that the project could cause disruption but the extent would depend on whether the trains use the current line or a new track corridor.

They will find out within a few weeks exactly what’s in store.

Mrs Spelman said: “We think it is important to connect Leeds and Manchester with Birmingham in the new high speed network which we believe will one day stretch right across the country and which has huge potential both to transform our transport system and revitalise our economy.”

But Solihull MP Lorely Burt has accused the Tories of throwing the timetable into doubt and said a fresh consultation would cost the taxpayer.

* Do you think high-speed trains would benefit Solihull? Write in to 150, High Street, Solihull, B91 3SX or email solihull_news@mrn.co.uk.

 

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