Stone residents are being encouraged to find out more about how HS2 will affect them and the wider county
HS2 Limited has organised information events to allow people to find out more about the project and about what it may mean for them and their local communities.
Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, said:
“From the outset we have championed the voice and the cause of Staffordshire to mitigate the impact of HS2, win compensation for residents and ensure Staffordshire shares in any economic benefits from this national transport project.
“With an engineering project of this size, the design was always going to be subject to change, so it is important that people take the time to find out for themselves how the scheme may affect them.”
In November 2015, the Secretary of State for Transport announced plans to bring forward the West Midlands to Crewe Section of the HS2, with phase 2a to open in 2027, six years ahead of schedule.
There are three proposed changes to the design which are being consulted on separately as part of the Design Refinement consultation and are being considered by the Secretary of State for Transport. These are:
- extending the proposed tunnel at Crewe, re-siting the tunnel entrance south of the A500 and Weston Lane;
- moving the lines near Crewe that would connect HS2 to the West Coast Main Line further south and extending their length; and
- constructing a temporary railhead near Stone, with the potential to convert it to a permanent maintenance facility. – See section 4 for details and proposed location west-midlands-crewe-design-refinement-consultation-web-version
This consultation asks for views, based on the information included in the Design Refinement Consultation document, which will be considered by the Secretary of State when making his decision about the final route. The consultation closes on November 7.
Either write to FREEPOST DESIGN REFINEMENT 2A ( no stamp is needed) or go online to respond to at https://DesignRefinement2a.dialoguebydesign.net
Information events will be held fom noon to 8pm on:
- October 5 at Kings Bromley Village Hall
- October 7 at Great Haywood Memorial Hall
- October 10 at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
- October 12 at Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre
- October 15 (from 10am to 5pm) at The Madeley Centre, Madeley.
Stone Independent Councillor Rob Kenney said:
“Beside the impact on the environment there are the traffic problems to consider. Closing Yarnfield Lane will not only isolate Yarnfield but also redirect traffic into Stone via the Eccleshall Road causing huge congestion at peak times. In addition to this it is suggested that local roads will be used for construction vehicles. This will inevitably be roads around Stone and will cause major chaos
Another impact will be the effect it has on the plan for Stafford Borough which has identified a nearby location on the Eccleshall Road as a SDL (strategic development location). Five hundred houses are ear marked for this location. The maintenance facility could possibly reduce the number of homes and the consequence could be the requirement to find an alternative location for additional housing in Stone. It would also impact on the value of the new homes making it less feasible for affordable housing to be included in the project. There is also a recently included project of 92 homes opposite on Common Lane
Local existing housing would also be reduced in value .If this happens I hope that the people of Stone receive ample compensation. But firstly residents need to make their views known by making comments on the consultation and attending the Consolation being held at Yarnfield Park Conference Centre on Wednesday 12th October.
This cannot be allowed to go ahead. It would be life changing for Stone and the surrounding area.”
“I assume that this location has been chosen to represent the best outcome from the point of view of HS2’s faceless bureaucrats – but it is a potential disaster for Stone’s residents and their quality of life. This will be massive depot and will be clearly visible from the Town. There will be light pollution during the night when much of the maintenance work will be carried out. There will be noise throughout the day and the night from road and rail movements.
We can already hear the M6 traffic day and night. This promises to be much worse. It must be resisted. I hope residents will make their views known.”
What are your thoughts on HS2 and how it will affect Stone life?