High Speed Two (HS2) is a new high speed railway that will link London to Birmingham and Manchester, the East Midlands and Leeds. Phase One of the project links London with the West Midlands.
Main civils construction work for Phase One is due to commence at the beginning of 2019 and the delivery of the first trains for infrastructure testing will take place in 2024. The first passengers will travel on HS2 in late 2026.
The construction of the line is likely to cause considerable disruption for Warwickshire residents who either live near the construction works or who travel through the affected areas on a regular basis. To keep informed of road closures, HS2 drop-in sessions and other updates please visit this page on a regular basis.
1. Notice is given of significant impact on residents of Southam and surrounding villages due to road closures near to the Long Itchington Wood tunnel due to the installation of an electricity supply for the machine to bore the tunnel. The roads affected include the B4552 outside Harbury, Bascote Heath village and a section of the Welsh Road. From 17 June the B4552 from Deppers Bridge to Harbury will be closed for 4 weeks. Access will still be maintained for households and businesses.
2. From early February to June HS2 contractors LM will be clearing vegetation and erecting fencing to define the HS2 route. Temporary traffic management along the route will be set up for safe removal of the vegetation and traffic lights will be operation on certain roads on Monday – Friday, 9.00am to 3.00pm. There may also be a need to work on a Saturday. Between 29 April and early June this work will be taking place on the A425 Ufton to Southam Road.
3. During mid-May and June up to 20 abnormal loads with escort vehicles will be delivering construction machinery from Junction 11 of the M40 to Wormleighton village. No roads will be closed but these abnormal loads will be slow-moving and wide.
4. From 8pm to 6am on 18 May and 19 May 2019 HS2 will be carrying out overnight ground investigation works in private land at the junction between Watton Lane and Lichfield Road. This will include the temporary road closure of Lichfield Road (A446) in both directions, between Marsh Lane and Watton Lane.
DROP-IN SESSIONS/ENGAGEMENT EVENTS
A variety of drop in sessions are being held in April and May in Hampton in Arden, Burton Green, Offchurch, Cubbington, Harbury, Stoneleigh, Weston under Wetherley, Balsall Common, Kenilworth and Ufton. Please click here for the full list.
HS2 Woodland Fund
The Woodland Fund is open to applications from landowners located within 25 miles of the Phase One route of the high speed railway. The fund aims to help local landowners create new native, broad leaf woodlands, especially where they connect or expand existing ancient woodland or connect semi-natural open habitats. It also provides financial support for the tree planting and associated items needed to protect them – this includes fencing and gates, as well natural flood management items.
To find out more about the Woodland Fund and how to apply you can visit the Forestry Commission website by clicking here
Countdown to delivery of first trains for testing
Research with communities
Starting from Monday 15 October HS2 is conducting research with communities along the route of the new railway. This is a telephone survey lasting about ten minutes that will be carried out by Ipsos MORI on their behalf. The survey will help HS2 to measure how well they are doing against the commitments in their Community Engagement Strategy and feedback will also help them understand where they need improve.
Response to consultation
You can read Warwickshire County Council’s response to the HS2 Phase 2b Working Draft Environmental Statement consultation here.
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