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HS2 to bring 'misery' to Warwickshire village, councillor claims

Gilson
Image caption Gilson in north Warwickshire is already surrounded by a railway line and a motorway

Villagers living close to the route of the planned high-speed rail link in Warwickshire will have a life of "hell and misery", a councillor has warned.

Gilson, which is already situated between a railway line and the M42, is next to the planned HS2 route.

Conservative county councillor Peter Fowler said villagers faced "an absolute nightmare".

The HS2 scheme will create a 250mph train link between London and Birmingham.

Mr Fowler, the councillor for Coleshill, said a new railway station with capacity for 10,000 cars would also be built nearby.

'No benefit'

"It is going to be an absolute nightmare for these people with noise and damage to the environment and infrastructure and basically these people are going to be in for a life of hell and misery," he said.

Warwickshire County Council has already lodged its objection to the scheme saying it could see no benefit for the county.

The planned route aims to cut journey times between London and Birmingham to 49 minutes.

The government has said it will create 8,000 jobs in the West Midlands.

It has also said people affected by its construction including those living in Warwickshire would be compensated.

A six-month consultation process is expected to start in the next few weeks.

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