Additional Provisions to the Bill

HS2 Phase 1- More Amendments

October 2015

Government have announced recently the ‘Additional Provisions 3 (AP3)’ which relate mainly to Euston Station and consequential changes.

IWA has studied the changes to the bill, and the Supplementary Environmental Statement. Take a look at a more complete document.

Based on this document, IWA does not propose to make a response to the Supplementary Environmental Statement, or to petition these changes.

If you have any comments, please get in touch by emailing hs2@waterways.org.uk

Additional Provisions to alter HS2 Phase 1 Bill

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Amendments to accommodate the requirements of landowners and occupiers in several places.
  5. 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.

Additional Provisions List AP1

September 2014

Introduction

HS2 Ltd has published on behalf of the Promoter a list of additional provisions to those already in the Hybrid Bill. These were published in national newspapers and on the internet via HS2 Ltd’s website throughout September 2014, and comprise ‘55 generally minor amendments to the design of the original scheme’, identified as a result of:

  • Further discussions with landowners and occupiers;
  • Design refinements; and
  • Changes to accommodate the requirements of utility undertakers.


These amendments require the use of land outside the original limits of the Bill, additional access rights, or other extensions of the powers conferred by the Bill, making it necessary to submit an Additional Provision (AP) to the Bill. This group of Additional Provisions were submitted to Parliament on 10th September, with an Environmental Statement covering the environmental impact due to these changes. Challenges to the AP’s can be made by depositing a petition to the Select Committee on HS2, by October 17th 2014, and response to the Environmental Statement (ES) Consultation via the government website by Friday 14th November 2014.

The amendments to the design include:

  • Utilities requirements: the project affects a number of electricity, gas, fuel and fibre optic lines provided by utility companies either in, or above the ground. Since Bill deposit a number of utility companies have refined their requirements and so changes to the design of these works are needed.
  • Access arrangements: amendments to the locations, alignments and/or width of some access tracks proposed by the original scheme. These tracks are required to provide private access to properties and agricultural holdings; access to undertake utility diversions; and to facilitate construction and/or maintenance of HS2 infrastructure (e.g. balancing ponds, areas where new habitats will be created and auto-transformer stations);
  • Roads and Public Rights of Way: changes to the locations of temporary diversions or permanent realignments;
  • Balancing ponds: the relocation of one of the balancing ponds; and
  • Mitigation habitats: the relocation of one of the proposed habitat mitigation areas.


These amendments affect Community Forum Areas (CFAs) 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, and 26. Within these CFAs, only two have amendments that slightly affect inland waterways as below.

CFA 17 Offchurch and Cubbington Amendment AP1-017-028

This amendment applies to land required for a high pressure gas main utility diversion, approx 200m from the Grand Union Canal north of Longhole Bridge.

HS2 Ltd Description (extracts)

Following submission of the Bill, a requirement for an additional area of land to be used as a temporary work area for the diversion of a 900mm high pressure gas transmission pipeline, which crosses the route (refer to main ES map CT-05-088b Volume 2, CFA17 Map Book - 12.11MB) has been identified.

The amendment requires a parcel of land of approximately 1.6ha during the construction phase, outside the limits of the Bill on Burnt Heath Farm (as shown on AP map CT-05-088b, in the AP ES Volume 2 Map Book Part 4 of 6), adjacent to land within the Bill. The change is required to provide a working area for pipes to be welded, tested and commissioned prior to installation. The construction period for these works will be approximately five months.

In addition, a change to the route for the diversion of the high pressure gas transmission pipeline has been made to remove the requirement for a 90 degree bend in the pipeline. This revised diversion route would cross a small part of the land required temporarily for the pipe working area, and a permanent right of access will be required over the new high pressure gas main route. The land is currently in agricultural use, and the extension of this working area will not require substantial additional clearance of vegetation or ground works to that reported in the main ES for the Offchurch and Cubbington area (CFA 17).

The revised construction working area, and the revised permanent right of access to the route of the diverted high pressure gas main, as shown on AP map CT-05-088b are not considered to make changes that require reassessment of the effects or proposed mitigation as set out in the main ES with respect to any environmental topics.

IWA Comment: This amendment does not change the impact of HS2 on the canal, therefore no response is planned.


CFA 20 Curdworth to Middleton Amendment AP1-020-036

This amendment provides for additional land for pipeline diversion works and access, in the vicinity of the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal between Curdworth Locks 3 & 4.

HS2 Ltd Description (extracts)

The Bill provides for the permanent diversion of the Seisdon to Kingsbury pipeline crossing the original scheme (refer to main ES map CT-05-119 and CT-05-119-L1 in the Volume 2 CFA20 Map Book - 25.44MB). Byway 450 which runs along Marston Lane, will be temporarily diverted around the works. Since submission of the Bill, it has been identified that additional land is required for the construction works. This additional land, comprising approximately 2.8ha, will provide the working area for lengths of pipe to be welded, tested and commissioned prior to installation, and is outside the original limits of the Bill, hence the need for this amendment (refer to AP maps CT-05-119 and CT-05-119-L1 in the AP ES Volume 2 Map Book, Part 5 of 6).

Access to this working area will be provided:

  • From the west via the A446 Lichfield Road and across the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal [via Marston Lane Bridge, between locks 3 & 4] ; and
  • From the A4097 Kingsbury Road along Marston Lane.

The land is required temporarily and will be restored to its former agricultural use following completion of the works. The duration of the overall utility works in this area is anticipated to be approximately five months. No existing hedgerow will be lost as a result of this amendment.

No works will be required to the Marston Lane bridge or the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal to allow for vehicular access to the east. Further, only light construction vehicles (i.e. no HGV traffic) would utilise this access. Traffic management will be deployed rather than making any changes to the existing access with the A446 to enable safe access to the site.

The additional land required is not considered to make changes that require a reassessment of the effects or proposed mitigation as set out in the main ES with respect to: air quality; community; cultural heritage; ecology; land quality; landscape and visual assessment; socio-economics; sound, noise and vibration; traffic and transport; and water resources and flood risk assessment. However, there are changes where reassessment is considered to be required in respect of agriculture, forestry and soils.

IWA Comment: This amendment does not materially change the impact of HS2 on the canal, therefore no response is planned.


Conclusion

Based on this data, IWA will not be petitioning these Additional Provisions, or responding to the Environmental Statement consultations.

Find out more about the Additional Provisions and how to petition at the HS2 website.

Read the full ES consultation at the Gov.uk website.

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The Bill provides for the permanent diversion of the Seisdon to Kingsbury pipeline crossing the original scheme (refer to main ES map CT-05-119 and CT-05-119-L1 in the Volume 2 CFA20 Map Book). Byway 450 which runs along Marston Lane, will be temporarily diverted around the works. Since submission of the Bill, it has been identified that additional land is required for the construction works. This additional land, comprising approximately 2.8ha, will provide the working area for lengths of pipe to be welded, tested and commissioned prior to installation, and is outside the original limits of the Bill, hence the need for this amendment (refer to AP maps CT-05-119 and CT-05-119-L1 in the AP ES Volume 2 Map Book, Part 5 of 6).

 Access to this working area will be provided:

·         from the west via the A446 Lichfield Road and across the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal [via Marston Lane Bridge, between locks 3 & 4] ; and

·         from the A4097 Kingsbury Road along Marston Lane.

The land is required temporarily and will be restored to its former agricultural use following completion of the works. The duration of the overall utility works in this area is anticipated to be approximately five months. No existing hedgerow will be lost as a result of this amendment.

No works will be required to the Marston Lane bridge or the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal to allow for vehicular access to the east. Further, only light construction vehicles (i.e. no HGV traffic) would utilise this access. Traffic management will be deployed rather than making any changes to the existing access with the A446 to enable safe access to the site.

The additional land required is not considered to make changes that require a reassessment of the effects or proposed mitigation as set out in the main ES with respect to: air quality; community; cultural heritage; ecology; land quality; landscape and visual assessment; socio-economics; sound, noise and vibration; traffic and transport; and water resources and flood risk assessment. However, there are changes where reassessment is considered to be required in respect of agriculture, forestry and soils.