HS2 Phase 2b: The western leg route refinement consultation

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On the 7 October the Minister of State for Transport announced a consultation on four proposed changes to the design of Phase 2b.

The four main changes include:

  1. Crewe Northern Connection & changes to the design of Crewe North Rolling Stock Depot.
  2. Changes to the design around Manchester Airport High Speed Station.
  3. Changes to the design around Manchester Piccadilly High Speed Station
  4. The introduction of a new train stabling facility at Annandale in Dumfries and Galloway.

A full list of events and webinars is available here. The HS2 Virtual Exhibition tool can be found here.

What is the NFU doing?

The NFU's HS2 team held a member meeting on the 2 November to look at the HS2 Phase 2b western leg consultation. The documents below include the meeting slides, providing further information on the consultation, and the newsletter which includes links to the map books and changes that are being consulted on.

The NFU recommends that you review this thoroughly to understand the changes that are proposed and the impact on your business. It is highly recommended that you respond to the consultation in writing which closes on the 11 December 2020.

The NFU does recommend that, if you have been offered a one-to-one meeting, that you do book this and that you do book onto your community area webinar. Details of these are included in the document below.

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To confirm, the timeline for the scheme is as follows:

Hybrid bill deposit2022
Royal Assent2024
Start of main construction2025 - 2026
Rail line in operation2035

Land Interest Questionnaires (LIQ’s) - If you need help completing these, you can call WSP on 0161 200 5299 or if you are booking a one to one meeting you can ask that LIQ support is provided at the end of the meeting. LIQ’s inform the Book of Reference submitted at Bill deposit so it is important for all parties that this is correct.

Farm Impact Assessments (FIA) - Reading Agriculture will be contacting you or your agent where an FIA has been previously undertaken. They will be seeking to establish whether there has been any changes to the farm business and take the appropriate action. If there have been any changes to your farm holding or business such as new diversification projects, please make sure that HS2/Reading Agriculture are aware so that they can fully assess the impact.

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