It has been announced that Stafford railway station will become a HS2 hub, connecting the town to the High Speed rail line, allowing special hybrid trains to travel between Stafford and London at record speeds reducing the journey time to under an hour.
It is currently planned for one high-speed train an hour to run from Stafford to London on the new network, with 8,800 extra seats in each direction per day. A junction will be built between the new line at Lichfield linking with the West Coast Main Line at Handsacre.
Council leaders welcome the news believing it will boost Staffordshire’s economy, and build its reputation as an attractive place to live, work and invest in.
Philip Atkins, leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: “The Stafford stop is hugely important as it will not only benefit Stafford, but is the gateway to open up the economic benefits and opportunities for the hundreds of thousands of people living in Staffordshire, the Black Country, Shropshire and Stoke-on-Trent.”
With the station being an important junction between Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester, Stafford railway station is the ideal location for a HS2 hub and will enable people to access faster and direct services to and from London.