HS2 Phase 2b Consultation

Please see below Kegworth Parish Council's Response to the HS2 Phase 2b Consultations which closed on 21st December 2018. 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.