Pub­lic meet­ing on HS2 pro­pos­als in Keg­worth

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS - By David God­sall david.god­sall@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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