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High Speed 2

The Parish Council met with HS2 Limited in November 2016 and has information on display in the Parish Office for the public to view. The Phase 2b Crewe to Manchester, West Midlands to Leeds Route Refinement Consultation and Property Consultation ended on 9th March 2017. The Parish Council submitted its response before this date; you can read this response here

Following the announcement by the Secretary of State for Transport on 17 July 2017, confirming the preferred route of HS2 in Phase 2b, most of the route remains as confirmed in November 2016. The Government has though, following consultation, developed the route in a number of areas and, in response to consultation, the development plans now:

Confirm five of the proposals which were consulted on;

- To not adopt the proposal at Measham;

- Adoption of M18 route through South Yorkshire;

- Relocation of Western Leg Rolling Stock Depot to Wimboldsley;

- Change of route in the Middlewich-Northwich area;

- Change to the approach at Manchester Piccadilly;

- Change of route around East Midlands Airport; and

- Confirm the property schemes available for Phase 2b.

This link has more details of the announcement.

The Route Decision for HS2 Phase 2b can be read in full here

Next steps

Subject to Parliamentary approval, construction of Phase 2b is expected to start in 2023 ready for the railway to begin operations by 2033. The next stage of work will develop the design in more detail, addressing some of the issues already raised regarding specific local impacts, such as noise, whilst gathering important feedback which will help to inform how these impacts can best be mitigated.

HS2 is launching two consultations, the details of which can be read here, in a letter from HS2 Ltd's Phase 2b Director Paul Griffiths.

HS2 is aware that the development of the new railway can cause uncertainty for those living alongside the route. They are committed to giving everyone affected by its proposals or interested in them, the opportunity to continue talking to them. They have contacted property owners, tenants and businesses, who are directly-affected by the route proposed for Phase 2B of HS2. However, if anyone has further questions / queries, the HS2 Helpdesk, which is staffed by experts can be contacted on freephone number 08081 434 434. This number can also be found on their website www.gov.uk/hs2. For callers with hearing and speech difficulties, the freephone mini-com number is 08081 456 472. Enquiries can also be sent by email to hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

Later this summer, HS2 will be holding an extensive series of information events, like those held over the winter of 2016/17, as plans for the route develop. These events will provide information to inform stakeholder responses to ongoing consultations, what stakeholders can expect to see as surveys are undertaken to inform the design, explain the timings for engaging in the next stage of the project and provide details on what elements HS2 will be engaging on. Once these events are scheduled the Parish Council will advertise the details. You can also find the latest information on the events page of HS2's website at www.gov.uk/hs2.