MAP: Government announces route of high-speed rail link (HS2) through Staffordshire
THE Government has today announced the route of a high-speed rail link set to pass through Staffordshire.
Extending the already-planned London to Birmingham High Speed 2 (HS2) line as far as Manchester in one direction will see the route pass through parts of the county, as well as a 'dedicated link' connecting passengers to standard trains at Crewe.
The proposed route will pass through Staffordshire near to Lichfield, before heading onwards, north of Stafford and south of Stone and Newcastle, before passing through Madeley and reaching Crewe.
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Officials say the £32.7 billion project, which is due to be operational in 2033, will create at least 100,000 jobs.
Trains could eventually run at 250mph, halving travel time between the capital and Manchester.
But the project is also likely to provoke a backlash from rural communities through which the line will pass.
After reaching Birmingham from London, a Y-shaped extension will see the line head to Manchester in one direction and Leeds in the other.