Press and Media Coverage

Mar 24, 2017
Category: Media Coverage

Villages such as Measham to become 'meat in noisy sandwich' over HS2 high speed rail link

A campaign group fighting against proposals to controversially reroute a high speed rail link around North West Leicestershire has submitted 24 pages detailing its objections. MAPA HS2 Action Group has submitted its extensive case detailing why the Secretary of State for Transport should reject the proposed re-routing of HS2 around the east of Measham and Appleby Magna.

The controversial new line will cost at least £56 billion, and will run through North West Leicestershire as it heads from Birmingham to Leeds. It had originally been planned to run the line west of the village, but the Government has now altered it to go to the east.

The group's 24-page document highlights the reasons why they claim this route has a greater effect on the communities and the environment, than the previously proposed route. This includes the possible effects on jobs, claiming that business premises could be demolished under the new route plans.

Hundreds of people turned out to officially form a group to protest against the new route of High Speed 2

The campaigners also claim people living in Appleby Magna and Measham would be "the meat in a noisy sandwich", exposed to the peaks of high volumes of noise caused by HS2 trains passing about every three minutes, from 6am to 12pm.

The group is also concerned about the effect the route will have on the River Mease Special Area of Conservation and the restoration of the Ashby Canal through Measham, claiming that boaters will be presented with a far from relaxing approach to Measham along the canal.

A copy of MAPA's set of objections can be downloaded from the MAPA HS2 Action Group website at


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Dec 15, 2016
Category: Media Coverage

HS2: Hundreds of concerned residents attend meeting about new Leicestershire route

More than 300 people attended a meeting to express concern about the proposed new route of HS2 as it cuts through Leicestershire.


Dec 13, 2016
Category: Media Coverage

HS2 Ltd Miss Another New Housing Estate

When people living on the new Nursery Fields housing development off Atherstone Road in Measham first heard rumours that the HS2 line was to be re-routed to run just past their new housing estate, they were flabbergasted. They became even angrier when they were finally able to phone the HS2 help line, only to be told that the house they were phoning from did not exist.


Dec 8, 2016
Category: Media Coverage

Burton Mail - Up to 700 people expected at HS2 public meeting in Measham

Up to 700 people are anticipated to turn up to a public meeting to discuss the revised HS2 high speed train route near villages in North West Leicestershire.


Dec 7, 2016
Category: Media Coverage

Leicester Mercury - HS2 meeting in Measham needs bigger venue

Interest in a public meeting to discuss implications of the revised high speed rail line HS2 route in Leicestershire is so high that organisers have had to find a bigger venue.


Nov 30, 2016
Category: Media Coverage

Burton Mail - Action group plan following HS2 changes in Measham

An action group is being formed to research the implications the new high speed rail line (HS2b) will have on Measham and surrounding villages. The revised plans will now take the line in a more easterly, rather than a westerly route, around Measham and Appleby Magna and a residents' meeting has been set up to discuss how to respond to the recent changes.