Shropshire Star

Why these Shropshire villagers are 'over the moon' as PM scraps HS2 northern leg

Villagers on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border who have been campaigning for the last six years over HS2, are celebrating after the Prime Minister scrapped the Birmingham to Manchester leg on Thursday.

Residents of Woore campaigning against HS2 in 2017

The village of Woore, near Market Drayton, has been on a designated route for construction traffic for Phase 2a of the major rail project, covering the line between the Birmingham and Crewe.

Villagers feared their rural roads would have been choked by up to 700 HGVs a day, and have been campaigning against the high speed rail line since 2017.

Now following Rishi Sunak's announcement on Wednesday, in which he announced that the northern leg of HS2 is to be scrapped, villagers in Woore say they are 'over the moon' by the decision .

Woore Parish Council's Vice Chair, Rachel Goodman, said the announcement followed "years of worry and uncertainty."