Successful campaign to Mitigate Impact of HS2 on the county

Last month I was in London in front of the HS2 Select Committee campaigning for measures to mitigate the impact of high speed rail on the county. It was a successful visit with us being given a number of important assurances.

In total, we are petitioning on more than 60 items to help reduce the impact of the second phase which will run from Fradley to Crewe – cutting through a further 33 miles of the county.

Some of the assurances we’ve been given include:

  • Lowering of the King’s Bromley viaduct
  • Stone railhead and maintenance hub: Reducing the footprint and maximising rail use; ensuring M6 slip access is put in place to reduce the use of Yarnfield Lane as soon as possible;  limiting the height of buildings, additional noise and visual mitigation if the plans go-ahead
  • Multi-million pound highway and junction improvements: Including provision for temporary improvement works to be made permanent, thereby delivering long-term benefits for communities
  • Agreement that Kings Bromley will not be used as a main construction traffic route
  • Encouraging the recruitment of local, disadvantaged or under-represented groups in the construction of the scheme
  • Reduction of the need to take hedgerows and to protect veteran trees, as well as specific assurances on retaining Noddy’s Oak

We’re also pressing for the extension of a proposed tunnel at Whitmore to mitigate the impact on the highways network and also Whitmore Wood ancient woodland. A recommendation on this has still to be made by the select committee.

I have blogged about this before but from the very outset we have been committed to ensuring the voices of our communities were heard and getting the best deal from the project for everyone.  The assurances we have received will significantly help mitigate the impact of the project on some of our communities, but there is a great deal of detailed work still to be done with our district and borough council colleagues to mitigate the impact during construction and operation as much as possible.

I’ll keep you updated.

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