Stoke & Staffordshire

Meetings invite views on a new rail route near Stafford

Public views are being sought on plans for a new railway line near Stafford.

The first in a series of open meetings starts later for people living near the proposed line at Norton Bridge.

The route proposal was announced in November 2010, with the aim of easing congestion on the West Coast Mainline.

Dominic Baldwin, from Network Rail, said altering the line was "vital".

Local farmer Roger Hopley said he disagreed with the proposed route.

Sharing issues

The landowner explained: "I do see they're justified in doing something but I spoke to the engineers a year ago suggesting the route go closer to the existing rail line but they've not gone for that."

Mr Baldwin, senior project manager, said: "There is a small number of property owners who are affected.

"For the consultation we are going to eight locations in and around the Norton Bridge and Stafford area.

"We welcome attendance and welcome people to come and share any issues they have with this proposal."

Public meetings will be held in Chebsey, Norton Bridge, Great Bridgeford, Yarnfield, Stone and Stafford in the next 10 days.

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