Impact assessment

HS2 Phase 2b working draft Environmental Statement volume 2: community area reports

Reports detailing the likely significant environmental effects of HS2 in different areas along the Phase 2b route.



There are 28 reports covering community areas along the entire Phase 2b route. Reports with references starting ‘LA’ refer to the Eastern leg, ‘MA’ for the Western leg and ‘MML’ for the Midland Main Line.

We recommend these are viewed in conjunction with the associated map books.

The reports provide the following information for each area, as identified at a stage in the ongoing design and environmental assessment:

  • an overview of the area;
  • a description of the construction and operation of the Proposed Scheme within the area;
  • a summary of the local alternatives considered since the government’s announcement of the preferred route in July 2017;
  • a description of the environmental baseline;
  • a description of the likely significant beneficial and adverse effects of the Proposed Scheme;
  • the proposed means of avoiding, reducing or managing the likely significant adverse effects; and
  • where possible, the proposals for monitoring, including measures during and post construction, and during the operational phase.

Two community areas cover the proposed electrification of the Midland Main Line between Clay Cross and Sheffield Midland Station. This work is required to enable HS2 services to connect to Sheffield via Chesterfield. These reports contain less detailed information and do not yet have separate map books because we are at an earlier stage of design and assessment on this section of the route. They include, for each area:

  • an overview of the area;
  • a description of the proposed works within the area, based on a stage in the ongoing design;
  • an outline of potential effects; and
  • an overview of stakeholder engagement and consultation to be carried out as part of the EIA process.

Published as part of the HS2 Phase 2b working draft Environmental Statement.

Published 11 October 2018