Council reacts to HS2 ‘Y’ route

The announcement by HS2 Limited on the proposed location for the high speed rail ‘Y’ route through North Warwickshire to Leeds and Manchester, has been met with dismay by Warwickshire County Council.

The authority is now considering the detail of the additional HS2 route and the impact on its communities and the county.

Cllr Bob Stevens, Deputy Leader of Warwickshire County Council, said: “The County Council will consider the detailed impact of the ‘Y’ route announcement, consult with our communities and officers at North Warwickshire Borough Council, and then reply in detail to HS2 Limited before and during the formal consultation later this year.

“We currently only have the published information from the HS2 website and have asked HS2 for early engagement and a meeting for those communities most affected as a matter of urgency. HS2 Ltd is considering our request and we await their response with interest.”

Alan Cockburn, Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Communities, added: “It is with great disappointment that HS2 Limited have not learnt from their past experiences and realised that announcements, such as this one, have a significant and detrimental impact on our communities – and in particular on those that will be directly affected by the construction of the rail line. We have repeatedly requested early consultation and draft plans so we are able to influence decisions and try to reassure residents and businesses on what this will mean to them. As yet these requests have been largely ignored.

“Notwithstanding this situation, we continue to engage and appraise HS2 Ltd’s work to ensure the fullest protection possible for our residents and will respond in detail once we have examined the real implications of the ‘Y’ route on Warwickshire.”