Public meeting on HS2 proposals in Kegworth
RESIDENTS are invited to learn more about plans to build a bridge in Kegworth for the controversial HS2 rail route.
On Monday, September 25, the Best Western Yew Lodge Hotel, in Packington Hill, Kegworth, is hosting an information event that gives residents the chance to learn more about the HS2 Phase 2b and its impact on the locality.
The event will be open to the public between 2pm and 8pm.
The initial plan was for an underground tunnel just to the north of East Midlands Airport, however following a consultation this plan was scrapped.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling confirmed in July the finalised route for the high speed railway with the first section of the line due to open in December 2026.
The original tunnel plan - which would have gone through the East Midlands Gateway Strategic Rail Freight Interchange, sited just to the north of East Midlands Airport and being developed by Roxhill Limited - has now been abandoned.
Instead, the HS2 route will now run to the south of the airport and the M1, with a crossing under the runway approach lights and a new crossing over the A6 in between Junction 24 of the M1 and Kegworth village.
A HS2 viaduct over the A453 at Ratcliffe Lane has also been confirmed along with a viaduct over The Green at Diseworth Brook flood plain.
At the event, people can find out how the design for the route will be developed and the environmental impacts assessed.
Consultations are cur- rently taking place on the “draft scope and methodology for the Phase 2b Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA), which closes on September 29.
For more information on the consultations and a list information events visit www.gov. uk/hs2
An impression created by the Loughborough Echo of what the new HS2 crossing over the A6 near Kegworth could look like.