Additional Provisions to Alter HS2 Phase 1 Bill26 June 2015
As IWA has already outlined, on Tuesday 23rd June The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Mr Robert Goodwill, formally set out the motion to ask that the existing HS2 Phase 1 Select Committee consider Instruction No. 3 to the House of Commons.
This process, which was debated, asks the Select Committee to consider changes to the Bill including:
- Amendments relating to the vertical and horizontal alignment of the proposed railway in the vicinity of the A38 and Trent and Mersey Canal in the parishes of Fradley and Streethay, King's Bromley and Whittington in the County of Staffordshire – which includes the changes IWA and CRT have been petitioning for, removing three of the four rail viaducts over the Trent and Mersey Canal. However, it also adds a realigned road next to the canal.
- Amendments conferring additional power to carry out works in the Borough of Slough and in the parish of Iver in the County of Buckinghamshire for the purpose of providing a new Heathrow Express depot in the Borough of Slough (to the north east of Langley railway station), in consequence of the displacement of the existing depot because of the exercise of powers conferred by the Bill- this is a new provision and affects the Grand Union Canal Slough Arm so IWA will be looking at the details.
- Amendments conferring additional power to provide sidings for Crossrail services at Old Oak Common in the London Boroughs of Ealing and Hammersmith and Fulham that could be extended in the future to create a connection between the West Coast Main Line Railway and the Great Western Main Line- again IWA will be looking at the detail here.
- Amendments to accommodate the requirements of landowners and occupiers in several places.
- Amendments to accommodate changes to the design of the works authorised by the Bill in several places.
More details of the planned changes are to be published on Monday 13th July. For the additional environmental statement which will appear on that date, there will be a public consultation lasting 42 days, from Friday 17th July to Friday 28th August.
There will also be a petitioning period of four weeks for those directly or specially affected by the changes in this second additional provision, so that they can submit petitions. That petitioning period will begin on Friday 17th July and end on Friday 14th August for all petitioners.
IWA will be studying the documents produced on 13th July, to see how the changed or new proposals will affect inland waterways. Subject to the outcome, IWA will submit comments on the environmental statement and submit a petition on any unresolved issues.
We will confirm the location of the details when they are available.
Photo: Fradley Junction, Staffordshire (photo by Michele Field)