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West Midlands consultation on HS2
People affected by plans to build a high speed rail line through the West Midlands are being asked for their views in a new consultation.
The line will connect London and the West Midlands, cutting journey times between the capital and Birmingham to 49 minutes.
At consultation events, people will be able to discuss any property effected by the plans and there will be the opportunity to see route maps.
HS2 Ltd Chief executive Alison Munro said:
"The new high speed rail network will help to grow the economy by providing capacity to meet the rising demand for trains services by improving connections between our major cities. We do understand the impact it will have on people living close to the line and the Government has recently published a range of property compensation measures for consultation.
The information events we are running are an opportunity for those directly effected to come and discuss the proposals in more detail with our property teams."
The following events will take place in the West Midlands:
Saturday 17 November – Burton Green Village Hall, CV8 1PH. (09:00 – 17:00)
Saturday 8 December – Graham Adams Centre, Southam, CV47 0LY. (09:00 – 17:00)
Tuesday 11 December – The Kenilworth Centre, Kenilworth, CV8 1QJ. (12:00 – 20:00)
Tuesday 15 January 2013 – Offchurch Village Hall, CV33 9AL. (13:00 – 20:00)
Tuesday 4 December – Middleton Hall, Middleton, B78 2AE. (12:00 – 20:00)
Saturday 5 January 2013 – The Link, 4 New Road, Water Orton, B46 1QU. (09:00 – 17:00)
Thursday 29 November – The Loft at the Bluebell Centre, Chelmsely Wood, B37 5TN. (12:00 – 20:00)
Tuesday 20 November – The Sanctuary, Castle Vale, B35 7PX. (10:00 – 14:00)
Tuesday 20 November – Fazeley Studios, Digbeth. B5 5SE. (16:00 – 20:00)
Wednesday 21 November – Ward End library, Washwood Heath, B8 2HF. (10:00 – 14:00)
Wednesday 21 November – Firs and Bromford Sports and Community Centre, Bromford. B36 8UB. (16:00 – 20:00)
Monday 7 January – Kings Bromley Village Hall, DE13 7HW. (12:00 – 20:00)
Wednesday 8 January 2013 – Hints Village Hall, Tamworth, B78 3DN. (12:00 – 20:00)
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