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High Speed Rail consultation group visits Birmingham

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Image caption If the plans for phase one are approved work could start on the HS2 route in 2015

The High Speed 2 (HS2) rail roadshow has visited Birmingham.

The Department for Transport plans to provide high speed rail links from London to Birmingham in phase one with connections to Manchester in phase two.

A travelling roadshow has been visiting locations along the proposed route and visited Washwood Heath earlier.

It will visit Lichfield, Staffordshire, on 8 and 9 June, Water Orton, West Midlands, on 11 June, and Kenilworth in Warwickshire, on 13 and 14 June.

It will then return to Birmingham on 17 and 18 June.

Public consultation for the first phase of the HS2 scheme ends in July and it is expected a decision will be made by the government by the end of the year.

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