Cheshire East Council says it has ‘acknowledged’ the announcement from HS2 Ltd that they will consult, for 13 weeks, on changes to the phase 2b design (Crewe to Manchester).
The changes, which include two refinements to the route in Cheshire East, will also see two community events hosted by HS2 Ltd.
The ‘phase 2b design refinements consultation’, which will be run by HS2 Ltd on behalf of the secretary of state for transport, seeks to give communities the opportunity to formally respond to significant changes to the HS2 designs that were published at the end of 2018.
The two proposed design changes in Cheshire East are:
● A temporary (approximately seven years) construction railhead and permanent maintenance facility south of Ashley
● Works at High Legh that would allow two future connections to Northern Powerhouse Rail, which aims improve rail connectivity across the north
HS2 Ltd will hold information events, close to the affected areas in Cheshire East.
Information and members of its team will be available on the following dates:
● 26th June, 2pm-8pm, at Mere Court Hotel, High Legh
● 12th July, 2pm-8pm, at St Peter’s Assembly Rooms, Hale
The council says it will review the information that has been published over the coming weeks and develop its response to the consultation, which ends on 6th September 2019.
The council will work with the local community to understand key concerns and any issues raised will inform the consultation response to government and HS2 Ltd.
Cllr Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council, commented: “I would encourage residents, businesses as well as communities to look at the information and attend the information events hosted by HS2 Ltd.
“This is an important opportunity to voice your opinions to them.”
Cllr Browne added: “Whilst we recognise the benefits HS2 could bring to the whole of Cheshire East, with the right solution for Macclesfield and the Crewe Hub, we must ensure that its construction and operation delivers the highest standards of environmental protection, government compensation and mitigation for the impact it will cause to our residents and countryside.
“We will continue our work with local communities to try and secure the best possible outcome for Cheshire East.”
The consultation documents are available on the government’s website.
HS2 Ltd has a 24 hour helpline and email address for those who would like to ask any questions about the consultation, or scheme in general. Please ring 08081 434 434 or email [email protected]