Following publication of the Environmental Statement (ES) on HS2 local MP Caroline Spelman has written to the Department for Transport asking for more mitigation. She has also asked for an extension to the consultation for the ES from 8 weeks to 12 weeks since the document is so detailed and technical.
She says, “I was disappointed that a deep bore tunnel was ruled out on the stretch of the line from the Greenway to the new interchange station but I’ve asked the department to re-consider one of the three options for a tunnel put to them at a meeting I arranged with the Secretary of State for Transport and a delegation from the local community.”
“It is good that the department listened to our demands to save the recreation ground in Chelmsley Wood and tunnel under Castle Vale but the villages south of the interchange need more mitigation. I have also managed to keep the marshalling yards from being relocated to Bickenhill which has been suggested by Labour MP Liam Byrne. I’ve asked the department to confirm that residents will have more say over the appearance of the infrastructure such as bridges and viaducts. I am also pushing for a better compensation package using a Private Members’ Bill to call for a property bond where HS2 Ltd. buys up affected properties and people can move on with their lives.”