The Government and HS2 have agreed to extend the planned rural communities compensation scheme to include the village. Anna organised Trowell residents to have their say and led the campaign.
In a late night announcement in the House of Commons the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, paid tribute to Anna’s campaign. However, Mr Grayling refused to back down from plans for a 60 foot viaduct through Trowell.
Anna said “There is growing evidence that the majority of people in Trowell are now completely opposed to HS2 because of their plan to deliver the route on the viaduct. HS2 must reconsider their plans or they will lose support in Broxtowe. Most people back HS2, especially the siting of the East Midlands Hub Station at Toton Sidings. We know it will deliver jobs and growth as well as a new line to Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham and London.”
Anna Soubry has called on HS2 to meet villagers at a public meeting in Trowell and provide a model of the proposed viaduct: “There must be an alternative which HS2 must explore. A 60 foot viaduct will destroy the quality of life in the village and will completely dominate Trowell.”