Council welcomes HS2 proposals

Council welcome HS2 proposals

Council welcome HS2 proposals

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A £50BILLION high-speed rail link has been given the go ahead by the local authority, on the condition ‘comprehensive and meaningful engagement’ is sustained with affected communities.

The communities referred to in Cheshire West and Chester Council’s report, which welcomes government proposals for HS2, include the villages of Wincham, Lostock Green and Lostock Gralam.

The council, however, has suggested stringent conditions must be met to protect those along the route, as well as the development of current rail systems.

The report says: “Communities in close proximity to the route need further engagement, demonstration and commitment of the extent to which measures to contain the physical, sound and visual impact of HS2 will be provided.

“There will need to be a proactive inclusive responsive approach to all those that will experience any hardship or blight.

“All dialogue and engagement with communities, businesses and individuals needs to be open, based upon trust and be fully inclusive.”

The report adds: “HS2 is dependent on investment of the classic rail network to enable seamless provision between the two and respond to the significant connectivity issues at local and regional level, which HS2 cannot achieve in isolation.”

The council report backed Cheshire East’s proposals for a HS2 Hub Station at Crewe, but harboured concerns that a single track HS1-HS2 link represents a major risk of curtailing economic benefits to the north.

It says: “The Hub Station would have capacity to manage significant passenger number growth; a customs clearance facility would ultimately enable passengers to travel on trains between Crewe and main land Europe. “ Campaign group Mid Cheshire Against HS2 produced a 40-page consultation response detailing alternatives to the proposed route and how it will affect the economy, wildlife and property prices.

Vice chairman Geoff Edwards said: “We believe that, instead of HS2, people would willingly put up with 14 years of disruption at weekends to improve their local and the UK’s cross country rail services.

“This would be preferable to the blight and disruption of HS2 until 2033, when completion is promised. HS2 will not support local economies or regional rail connectivity. It is a “vanity project’.

“In the unfortunate case that government should proceed with this wasteful project, our consultation response is submitted without prejudice to our stated position.”

The council’s report, which also questions whether sections of the route could be tunnelled, the impact on wildlife and the environment and the effectiveness of sound mitigation measures, can be found viewed at cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=17142

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10:45am Fri 7 Feb 14

L Byrne says...

Question

If the HS2 was routed through villages surrounding Chester instead of Northwich, does anybody seriously believe that CWAC Council would support it?

Thought not.
Question If the HS2 was routed through villages surrounding Chester instead of Northwich, does anybody seriously believe that CWAC Council would support it? Thought not. L Byrne
  • Score: 6

1:48pm Fri 7 Feb 14

northwich_cyclist says...

It's worth repeating what has already been said by more effective reporters than the Guardian can muster - in this case, the https://www.facebook
.com/MidCheshireAgai
nstHs2 page (with minor edits):

1/ CWAC cannot approve or disapprove of HS2 or give "the go ahead". Only parliament can do that under the two hybrid bills, the second of which is not due until 2017.

2/ On whose authority is this statement and consultation released? We have canvassed some opinion of councillors and there have been no cheerleaders as yet!

3/ The HS2 business model requires £8.5 billion of cuts to the classic network, "HS2 is dependent on investment of the classic network" is a statement without any foundation. Yes, some councils are suggesting additional spending, but this is not within the remit or indeed the budget of HS2.

4/ Their consultation response has no real detail on the effect on Cheshire residents and business. It's no more than a generic love letter which is based on accepting the assumptions put forward by the HS2 business case etc., most which have been proven to be without foundation and certainly not compelling.

5/ The response focuses on Crewe and Warrington LEP (apparently CWAC have also contributed to their response). This is completely outside the remit of CWAC. The Warrington LEP is chaired by Cheshire East Michael Jones, with heavily Pro HS2 Pete Waterman on the board!
It's worth repeating what has already been said by more effective reporters than the Guardian can muster - in this case, the https://www.facebook .com/MidCheshireAgai nstHs2 page (with minor edits): 1/ CWAC cannot approve or disapprove of HS2 or give "the go ahead". Only parliament can do that under the two hybrid bills, the second of which is not due until 2017. 2/ On whose authority is this statement and consultation released? We have canvassed some opinion of councillors and there have been no cheerleaders as yet! 3/ The HS2 business model requires £8.5 billion of cuts to the classic network, "HS2 is dependent on investment of the classic network" is a statement without any foundation. Yes, some councils are suggesting additional spending, but this is not within the remit or indeed the budget of HS2. 4/ Their consultation response has no real detail on the effect on Cheshire residents and business. It's no more than a generic love letter which is based on accepting the assumptions put forward by the HS2 business case etc., most which have been proven to be without foundation and certainly not compelling. 5/ The response focuses on Crewe and Warrington LEP (apparently CWAC have also contributed to their response). This is completely outside the remit of CWAC. The Warrington LEP is chaired by Cheshire East Michael Jones, with heavily Pro HS2 Pete Waterman on the board! northwich_cyclist
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12:06am Sat 8 Feb 14

I am not a Trainspotter says...

It really is a terrible response put forward by a Pro HS2 member of CWAC with little regards for residents of Northwich and Middlewich who are hit by this crazy vanity project. Cllr Herbert Manley is ward cllr for Hartford and Greenbank two areas not at all impacted at all.
He's also a member of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Transport Body (CWLTB) so hardly independent. This body includes representatives from Network rail and the Department of Transport.
http://moderngov.che
shireeast.gov.uk/ecm
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It really is a terrible response put forward by a Pro HS2 member of CWAC with little regards for residents of Northwich and Middlewich who are hit by this crazy vanity project. Cllr Herbert Manley is ward cllr for Hartford and Greenbank two areas not at all impacted at all. He's also a member of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Transport Body (CWLTB) so hardly independent. This body includes representatives from Network rail and the Department of Transport. http://moderngov.che shireeast.gov.uk/ecm inutes/mgCommitteeMa ilingList.aspx?ID=74 0 I am not a Trainspotter
  • Score: 1

9:18pm Sun 9 Feb 14

UsernameAlreadyInUse says...

If it is going to go ahead, how about making the Manchester Airport Station an interchange - extend the line from just after Ashley down towards J6 on the M56 (where the Manchester Airport HS2 station is going to be), and run express services to Knutsford, Northwich, and then Crewe or Chester? If they have no say in HS2, then CWAC should at least be using it to try to drive investment in local infrastructure as well.
If it is going to go ahead, how about making the Manchester Airport Station an interchange - extend the line from just after Ashley down towards J6 on the M56 (where the Manchester Airport HS2 station is going to be), and run express services to Knutsford, Northwich, and then Crewe or Chester? If they have no say in HS2, then CWAC should at least be using it to try to drive investment in local infrastructure as well. UsernameAlreadyInUse
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7:37am Tue 11 Feb 14

northwich_cyclist says...

UsernameAlreadyInUse wrote:
If it is going to go ahead, how about making the Manchester Airport Station an interchange - extend the line from just after Ashley down towards J6 on the M56 (where the Manchester Airport HS2 station is going to be), and run express services to Knutsford, Northwich, and then Crewe or Chester? If they have no say in HS2, then CWAC should at least be using it to try to drive investment in local infrastructure as well.
Investment from where? The bill for HS2 is so high, driving the UK even deeper into debt, that the scope for other infrastructure projects is virtually nil if it is allowed to go ahead.
[quote][p][bold]UsernameAlreadyInUse[/bold] wrote: If it is going to go ahead, how about making the Manchester Airport Station an interchange - extend the line from just after Ashley down towards J6 on the M56 (where the Manchester Airport HS2 station is going to be), and run express services to Knutsford, Northwich, and then Crewe or Chester? If they have no say in HS2, then CWAC should at least be using it to try to drive investment in local infrastructure as well.[/p][/quote]Investment from where? The bill for HS2 is so high, driving the UK even deeper into debt, that the scope for other infrastructure projects is virtually nil if it is allowed to go ahead. northwich_cyclist
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