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Solihull Council bosses HS2 depot call is slammed

Solihull Council bosses have criticised an MP's call for a new HS2 rail depot to be sited on greenbelt land in Solihull.

Solihull Council bosses have criticised an MP’s call for a new HS2 rail depot to be sited on greenbelt land in Solihull.

The marshalling yards, which would be used for storing and directing wagons and carriages, have been proposed for Washwood Heath in Birmingham.

But Solihull MP Lorely Burt has recently written to the select committee – the body looking after the new planned rail link from London to Birmingham – asking for consideration to be given for the depot to be sited in the borough, either at Bickenhill or Chelmsley Wood.

A Solihull Council spokesman said the MP’s move is “at odds” with what has been proposed as part of the UK Central Prospectus (UKC) and the Statutory Local Plan – the council’s strategy and vision for the area.

“The council has made it clear publicly, to the select committee, councillors and local MPs, that trying to accommodate the marshalling yards within the borough would severely damage its plans for UK Central and the borough as a whole,” the spokesman said.

“The UKC proposals will create many more jobs than any relocation of the marshalling yards could achieve.”

But the Lib Dem MP has defended her actions, saying the relocation would create more jobs. “At the end of the day this is a question about jobs,” Mrs Burt said. There is a huge opportunity to create 600 jobs in Solihull.”

 

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