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Councillors have defended Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s decision to spend up to £1m to get a new station for the city on the planned High Speed 2 railway line.

They agreed to increase their spending by an extra £800,000 on their campaign to get a new station for the HS2 line – despite plans in place already for a station at Crewe.

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Staffordshire Borough Councillors have opposed plans for the Hs2 high-speed railway, claiming it has no benefit for the county’s residents or businesses.

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City councillors voted for a “once in a lifetime chance” to bring the proposed HS2 rail network to Stoke-on-Trent.

They will now challenge the government’s current plans which are for Crewe to receive the planned hub station along the route linking Birmingham to Manchester with the Potteries missing out.

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Campaigners against HS2 claim the planned railway is causing so much distress that people are suicidal.

Robert Gasch, who is involved with the Marston Against HS2 group, said plans for the high-speed railway that will run through Staffordshire without a stop, have left people devastated.