Since the surprise announcement by HS2 on the Leeds Link route my primary objective now must be to get as much detail as possible as quickly as possible from HS2 and the Department of Transport and share it with local residents.

I have written to HS2 calling for a local road-show at the earliest available opportunity to demonstrate any potential audio and visual impact as a result of this initial preferred Leeds route. Whether or not this is the final route, I will expect to see the most effective mitigation strategies available to minimise any potential impact such as deeper cuttings, embankments and additional trees which could not only lessen the potential visual and audio blight but may go some way to lessen any blight from the M42.

These are very early days. The current proposed route is only the "initial preferred route" and "is the start of the process" and not the end.

Over the coming weeks I will continue to talk to HS2, ministers and officials to establish more details.

Please find below the latest updates on my activities in the House, updates sent to residents and useful information from HS2.

If you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch by email at or by post at:


Christopher Pincher MP

House of Commons



04 AUG 2014

Sir David Higgins meets with affected HS2 community groups

Christopher Pincher, Member of Parliament for Hints, Drayton Bassett, Swinfen, Freeford and Tamworth, last week hosted a meeting between local residents affected by Phase 1 of HS2 and the Chairman of HS2 Ltd, Sir David Higgins. Sir David met residents from Swinfen, Packington and Weeford in Hints...

01 MAY 2014

Pincher Defies Government to Oppose HS2

Christopher Pincher, Member of Parliament for Tamworth, this week voted against the Government's proposals for a new high speed railway through Staffordshire. The HS2 Bill was debated in Parliament and received the support of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties. But forty one...

13 APR 2014

Tamworth Herald: MP Christopher Pincher blasts HS2 for being "unfair" on Tamworth residents

Tamworth's MP has blasted HS2 after voting against the proposals in Government earlier this week. Christopher Pincher, who admits plans for a new high speed rail link are likely to go ahead, said it will have a severe impact on communities in Tamworth. He said: "My constituents are not nimbys....

05 APR 2014

Pincher Vows to Vote Against HS2

Christopher Pincher, Member of Parliament for Hints, Hopwas & Tamworth, has made clear that he will vote against HS2 legislation when it is debated in the House of Commons at the end of April. The "Second Reading" of the Bill (when the principle of the legislation is discussed) will be held on 28th...


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