HS2 Phase 2b Consultation open until
21st December 2018

Please see below Kegworth Parish Council's Response to the HS2 Phase 2b Consultations. Your volunteer Councillors have been working hard with North West Leicestershire District Council and SLC Rail to pull this response together. Thank you to everyone for their hard work on the document in order to ensure that Kegworth's voice is heard on how HS2 will severely impact this village.

If you wish your voice to be heard, the Environmental Statement and Equality Impact Assessment reports for HS2 Phase 2b have been published, see the links below.

HS2 Phase 2b working draft Environmental Statement

HS2 Phase 2b working draft Equality Impact Assessment Report

Both these drafts are being consulted upon. Both consultations will close at 23:45 on 21 December 2018.

There were two consultation events held on:

  • Thursday 1 November at Measham Leisure Centre 2-8pm
  • Thursday 15 November at Best Western Yew Lodge Hotel2-8pm

PLEASE BE AWARE that if you passed your views on to HS2 employees at the consultation events this WILL NOT constitute a response to the consultations, as these are being handled independently by IPSOS MORI. You must therefore make your views known in writing or by using the official response forms.

For further information on the consultations please visit our website www.hs2.org.uk/phase2b

Impacts of HS2 on Kegworth

Kegworth will not only be impacted by the line. Detailed below are some additional impacts as far as the village is concerned:

There are going to be two fairly substantial construction compounds by the M1 J24 roundabout. HS2 will be using their own haul routes within the construction area, so this will minimize traffic on the roads, but it is inevitable that there will be some extra load on the junction at times. The Parish Council feels that it would not be suitable for construction traffic to be passing through the village.

The second point to note is that there is going to be a large electrical relay station placed near M1 j24 junction after the main construction phase is finished. This will be part of the electrical works that will power HS2, and the one placed at Kegworth is going to be one of the main stations. This is going to be quite a substantial size and the Parish Council has questioned HS2 closely about how this will affect the village in terms of:

  • Electromagnetic interference (which may also impact the airport, with resulting knock on effects to the village), including disruption of mobile phone services
  • Visibility of the structure after completion and the footprint that it will take up
  • Access to and from this site for maintenance
  • Security of the site
  • Any other effects on the village

The Parish Council is currently in talks with HS2 Limited to see if the relay station can be moved as there are nearby sites which could be more suitable.

A reminder that the consultation events WILL NOT constitute a response to the consultation, as these are being handled independently by IPSOS MORI. You must therefore make your views known in writing or by using the official response forms.

The Parish Council continues to work with NWLDC, LCC and SLC Rail in order to prepare a mitigation document for Kegworth. Even though HS2 will not be operating until 2033, it is essential that Kegworth secures compensation and keeps HS2 Limited fully informed of the challenges Kegworth faces. The Parish Council is therefore receiving support from the District and County Councils as well as SLC Rail on preparation of a draft document dealing with all mitigation, including the loss of sports pitches.

HS2 has announced a further Public Information event to take place on Thursday 15th November from 2-8pm at Yew Lodge, Packington Hill. The last event took place on Monday 9th July 2018.

The Parish Council 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 which you can read 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:

- 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 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