Concessions on HS2

The Department for Transport has published the Environmental Statement (ES) for Phase One of the High Speed Railway project from London to Birmingham. There are some related announcements which are important for the Meriden constituency through which the railway will run.  

For the residents of Castle Bromwich there is good news that a tunnel will reduce noise nuisance on the stretch of the track near them. So too for residents of Chelmsley Wood, after active lobbying by local MP Caroline Spelman the track will be moved further eastwards away from the estate thus sparing the Bluebell Recreational Ground and screening will further protect residents from noise.  

However, the request for a deep bore tunnel beneath the stretch from Berkswell Station to the new interchange station has been rejected because of the problem of groundwater in the Blythe Valley flood plain.  

MP for the Meriden Constituency, Caroline Spelman, said “I am disappointed that not all of the requests for my constituents have been acceded to but I will continue to press for mitigation and better compensation for all my residents. I have just secured a high place in the ballot for private members’ bills at Westminster and I am minded to introduce a bill to improve compensation for blight. It is also good news that the attempt by Labour MP, Liam Byrne to relocate the marshalling yards for HS2 from his constituency to mine have been ruled out by the Department for Transport.”