LATEST INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM HS2 re High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill – Additional Provision February 2019 – The documentation / consultations / petitioning February 11th 2019:-
On Friday 8 February, HS2 deposited a proposed set of amendments to the High-Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill in Parliament, in the form of an Additional Provision (AP).
The principal amendments in this AP across the Phase 2a proposed scheme include:
changes to utilities designs;
- highway works to improve safety and capacity in light of HS2 construction traffic;
- changes to the design at Crewe Station;
- a replacement traction power supply route from Newlands Lane to Parkgate instead of the route to Rugeley;
- the addition of temporary Tunnel Boring Machine and permanent power supply routes at Whitmore and Madeley, as well as an extension of the Whitmore tunnel; and
- the reconfiguration of the Phase 1 West Coast Main Line junction at Handsacre.
An Additional Provision Environmental Statement (AP ES) has been deposited alongside the AP which reports on the likely significant effects of the proposed amendments in the AP. A Supplementary Environmental Statement (SES) has also been deposited in Parliament which reports on changes that are within the limits and powers of the Bill, and the likely significant effects of these changes. The SES is not part of the AP.
All documentation relating to the AP ES and SES are available on our website, at the link below.
Any individual, group of individuals or organisations whose property or interests are directly and specially affected by any of the proposals in AP2 may submit petitions against it. The petitioning period will start on 15 February 2019 and will close at 13:00 on 15 March 2019. Petitioning guidance can be found on the Select Committee website, at the following link https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/high-speed-rail-west-midlands-crewe-bill-select-committee-commons/petitioning-guidance-17-19/. We have also published a note outlining the framework that we will use to decide whether to challenge the right of a petitioner against the AP to be heard by the Select Committee, at the following link https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hs2-locus-challenge-guidance.
A Guide for Petitioners is also available on the Select Committee website, at the following link https://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/hs2/Guide-for-Petitioners-January-2019-17-19.pdf
As required by Parliamentary Standing Orders, we are consulting on SES2 and the AP2 ES. HS2 Ltd is also consulting on the updated Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA). The consultations will close at 23:45 on 29 March 2019.
The link for the CA4 community area report and map book can be found here:
WPC COMMENT: the documentation is also available to be be consulted at Newcastle under Lyme Public Library