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HS2 route changes back, MAPA wins the argument that the eastern route is unacceptable


Having carefully considered all the points made by respondents, the Secretary of State has decided to not adopt the change proposed in November 2016.

The Secretary of State has decided instead to confirm a modified version of the 2013 route, which would be moved approximately 80m to the east of the 2013 route and more closely follows the A42, a section of which would need to be realigned near Measham.

In a surprise early announcement, the Department of Transport on Monday, said “the Secretary of State has decided to not adopt the change proposed in November 2016. The Secretary of State has decided instead to confirm a modified version of the 2013 route, which would be moved approximately 80m to the east of the 2013 route and more closely follows the A42”.

It was announced in November 2016 that the government was proposing a route to the east of Measham and Appleby, which also involved coming closer to Austrey and Packington. Two very large public meetings were held in Measham where residents from all four communities expressed their opposition to HS2 in general, which brings no benefits to local people, and to the changed route. MAPA (Measham, Appleby, Packington & Austrey) HS2 Action group was formed to oppose the proposed route, supported by all the Parish Councils. Further research by the group identified the damaging effects of the proposed route on the local economy, the environment public amenities and population and communities. A lively Facebook and Twitter page and an email list kept people informed and events were held to help people to respond to the consultation which closed in early March. The results of this have just been published which shows that 588 respondents opposed the new proposed route and 50 supported it.

The result is a testament to the strength of feeling and the important issues raised in the case. It is welcomed by many people but there is also recognition that all the communities will still be affected by HS2 which most believe is a white elephant.

Sonia Liff, Chair of MAPA HS2 Action said:

We are pleased that the threat of the damage that would have been done by this re-route has been lifted. This included a direct impact on 36 businesses and 680 employees, increased noise and visual impact, fragmenting the countryside and affecting the sense of place of rural villages by trapping them between the motorway and HS2, involving a longer crossing of the Mease Special Area of Conservation, affecting the setting of two Conservation Areas and the listed Grade 1 Sir John Moore Foundation building and the Church in Packington, noise and dust impact on 5 primary schools in all 4 communities, running alongside the Measham cemetery, disrupting the canal crossing and affecting many houses. However, we know that that the route now chosen will still come close to Austrey, Packington and those on the west of Measham, and that the construction and operation of HS2 will affect all our villages adversely in the future. We are also aware of the detrimental impact on so many residents and businesses on both sides of the villages who thought they knew what was happening for 3 years and then faced uncertainty and now another changed decision.

MAPAHS2 Action will be in touch with supporters about the way forward and what we should do next.

 

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