Britain’s new high speed rail network takes another major step forward today with the launch of a series of public consultations for the Phase 2a section of HS2 between Fradley in the West Midlands and Crewe.
The three eight-week long consultations cover the environmental effects of the line; some refinements to the route that was announced in November 2015; and how we will consider the needs of all members of the communities along the proposed route. The deadline for responding to these consultations is 7 November.
These consultations are an important part of bringing forward a new piece of legislation, expected to be laid before Parliament by the end of 2017.
Over the next few days residents along the 37 mile route will receive letters that set out what the consultations are and how they can go about having their views heard. To help increase awareness of both the consultations and what HS2 is doing in the area, a series of seven public events along the line of route will be held for people to gain more information about the project and how to respond.
The events will be held throughout the period of the consultation in the following locations:
- Whitmore & District Village Hall, Friday 30th September
- Kings Bromley Village Hall, Wednesday 5th Oct
- Great Haywood Memorial Hall, Friday 7th Oct
- Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, Monday 10th Oct
- Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre, Yarnfield, Wednesday 12th Oct
- The Madeley Centre, Saturday 15th Oct
- Wychwood Park ‘The Wychwood Suite’, Wednesday 19th Oct
All the events are open to the public. Individuals wanting to find out more can also call the 24 hour HS2 Helpdesk on 020 7944 4908, or can visit the events section of our website at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hs2-events
Colette Carroll, HS2 Ltd Phase 2a development director, said:
HS2 is a major new infrastructure project that will help rebalance the economy and encourage growth across the country. Today’s announcement is another step forward in making it a reality.
We understand the concerns of local communities that are impacted by this new railway line. These consultations are aimed at capturing the views of people directly affected by HS2.
The views expressed through the consultations will be integral to our plans for delivering the Phase 2a section of the scheme between Fradley and Crewe. I encourage as many people as possible to take part in these consultations.
Transport Minister Andrew Jones said:
We are committed to delivering the infrastructure needed for our economy to grow. HS2 is a transformative scheme that will be the new backbone of the national rail network, bringing Britain closer together and providing benefits for people and businesses across the country.
It is natural that those living close to the new line will have concerns and we are committed to do all possible to mitigate the impacts of the new railway. I urge people to participate in these consultations and attend their local events to ensure their views are captured.
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