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HS2’s connection to the West Coast Main Line provides the opportunity for communities beyond our major cities, such as in Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent, to capitalise on the benefits of high speed rail.

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Stafford itself can boast a rail history dating back to 1837

when Grand Junction Railways built Stafford station to serve as an important junction between Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.

The Borough Council is determined to use HS2 to build on Stafford’s reputation as an attractive place to live, work and invest in and the commitment to the link between the HS2 line and the West Coast Main Line at Handsacre will also provide the opportunity to broaden the economic benefits of HS2.

The station remains a crucial strategic asset to the town and the region and the arrival of HS2 services at Stafford will help catalyse growth.

Stafford’s integrated high speed station will be used by a community far wider than the county town, opening up services to hundreds of thousands people and businesses to the North, West and South including Staffordshire and the Black Country. It will also allow people to access fast, shorter and direct services to Birmingham, London and Birmingham Airport – providing a much needed boost to transport links.