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Residents have their say on HS2 proposal

WORRIED residents in Balsall Common have had chance to grill transport chiefs about high speed rail.

WORRIED residents in Balsall Common have had chance to grill transport chiefs about high speed rail.

On Tuesday, a roadshow all about the rail link rolled into the village - which is near the preferred route.

Experts from the Department for Transport and HS2 Ltd were on hand to take questions from locals.

Ninety pupils from nearby Balsall Common Primary School were among those to visit during the course of the day.

Concerns raised included the damage to green belt land and the noise that will be generated by the 250mph carriages.

Andrew McNaughton, chief engineer, said that there were a lot of genuine concerns and he was pleased with the debate.

“Most of the comments are constructive and will help with some of the finer detail,” he said.

Seventy-eight-year-old Peter Cocks was among the visitors who believe the scheme isn’t worth the money.

“What we desperately need to do is extend the existing line. That’s a much more viable approach and more cost effective.”

Next Wednesday, the roadshow visits Hampton-in-Arden sports centre, Shadowbrook Lane, from 8am-8pm.

The third and final event in the borough will take place the following day, between the same times, at Birmingham International Station.

A shuttle bus has been arranged to collect residents from Chelmsley Wood’s bus interchange and Bluebell Drive.

This comes after criticism that people in north Solihull would struggle to get to the first two roadshows.

l The Solihull News will be visiting the Birmingham International event to speak to the HS2 experts.

If you’ve got any questions for them, email david_irwin@mrn.co.uk.

 

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