Stoke-on-Trent City Council is to meet with Cabinet members over the lack of station stop on the HS2 line, which cuts through Staffordshire.
Councillors have reacted to this morning’s announcement by the government outlining the next phase of the HS2 high-speed rail network.
The city council has campaigned to the Government for one of the stations to be built between Junctions 15 and 16 of the M6, which would benefit both North Staffordshire and south Cheshire.
A proposed line has also been planned to connect Crewe with the high-speed line via a dedicated link.
– Cllr Paul Shotton, deputy leader of the Stoke City Council
Having a station between Junctions 15 and 16 would be less expensive, less damaging to the environment and will have less need for tunnelling.
It would also provide good links to the existing motorway network, encouraging drivers to switch to the train and reduce traffic on the motorway.
The publication of the 211-mile northern phase route of HS2 shows details of the Y-shaped link to Manchester and Leeds.
– Added Cllr Paul Shotton
We will be meeting the Secretary of State in the next few days to put our case forward and hopefully reach a compromise which benefits both Stoke-on-Trent and Crewe.
Stoke-on-Trent will undergo a major transformation over the next couple of decades and HS2 needs to be a part of that transformation.