Council raises concerns about HS2 route through Nottinghamshire

Several concerns have been flagged up by Nottinghamshire County Council about the planned high-speed rail line, which passes through and stops in the county.

In October, rail bosses launched a consultation on the environmental impact the line was going to have.

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It acknowledged there would be a significant impact on a host of areas, including on people’s health and wellbeing, irreversible damage to wildlife habitats, and the current transport infrastructure while the line was being constructed.

Now, the Conservative-led county council has responded to the consultation, urging HS2 planners to consider several different impacts.

The 114-page response says:

  • The council is looking for public rights of way improvements, including resurfacing works and creation of new routes as part of the HS2 scheme
  • Historic flooding records should be considered to ensure there will be no increased flood risks
  • More detailed modelling work on predicted traffic impacts and design work needs to be undertaken to ensure the route does not impact on the county’s wider highway network
  • More detail needed on the new roads and public transport, pedestrian and cycling routes accessing the Toton Railway Hub, particularly from the A52
  • More information is required on noise and vibration impacts during the works and when the route starts to operate
  • Noise and visual impact of the route on designated historic structures in the county should be limited, particularly the use of noise barriers which can be visually intrusive
  • Access to outdoor space during construction should be maintained for walking, cycling sort and riding.
  • Councillor John Cottee is the chairman of the committee which published the findings today (Dec 6).
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He said: “While HS2 has the potential to be a catalyst for significant economic growth for Nottinghamshire, its construction and operation also has many potential impacts on our environment.

“Our priority is getting the best outcomes for Nottinghamshire, so our feedback on the draft environmental statement aims to avoid, reduce and monitor these impacts.

“We’ll be highlighting a range of concerns about the detail and scope of the statement to ensure all environmental impacts affecting the county are considered fully and minimised where possible.”

Construction of the Phase 2 routes are expected to start in 2023 with rail services planned to start in 2033.

The ‘eastern leg’ of the proposed HS2 route between Birmingham and Leeds will run along the western side of the Nottinghamshire for approximately 20 miles, entering close to East Midlands Parkway Station near Ratcliffe-on-Soar.

The line will stop at the new Toton Railway Hub before closely following the line of the M1 past junction 28 before crossing into Derbyshire.