TEAMS from HS2 Ltd will be visiting locations in Warrington to talk to people about how the design of Britain’s new high speed railway is progressing.
Three community information events will be held in June and July as part of a wider engagement programme along the entire route between the West Midlands and Leeds, and Crewe and Manchester.
The Government confirmed its preferred route for Phase 2b of the railway last year. Achieving this significant milestone has enabled HS2 Ltd to spend the last 10 months progressing its early design and construction proposals.
HS2 Phase Two director Paul Griffiths said: “The benefits that HS2 will deliver are significant and should not be underestimated. The new railway will play a crucial role in rebalancing Britain’s economy, driving business growth, creating jobs and securing investment right across the country.
“Understandably, people have questions and concerns about the construction and operation of the railway, and how it will affect them. These events present an ideal opportunity to talk to us about the project and find out more information.”
At the events, HS2 representatives will be on hand to answer questions about a range of topics including engineering plans, environmental mitigation, and the impacts on land and property. Members of the public are encouraged to attend so they can review the plans and talk to the team about the emerging designs and understand what this means for them.
A public consultation on HS2 Ltd’s draft environmental statement and proposals to minimise the railway’s potential impacts will be held later this year. This provides everyone with the opportunity to have their say and play a part in ensuring that we design and deliver the best possible railway.
The arrival of HS2 services at Warrington Bank Quay will reinforce the town’s status as a transport hub and its reputation as a great place to live, work and do business. With journey times from Warrington to London cut to just over an hour, HS2 represents a significant uplift in connectivity for the three million people who live within 30 minutes’ drive of Warrington.
The events in the Warrington area will be on June 29 from 2pm until 8pm at Rixton Community Hall, on July 2 from 2pm to 8pm at Culcheth Sports Club and on July 3, from 2pm to 8pm at Lowton Social Club.
Attendance is on a drop-in basis at all three events.