HS2 -Working Draft Environmental Statement

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Councillors’ anger as HS2 demolition toll rises in Mexborough

EVEN more Mexborough homes are in line for demolition under HS2 than previously planned, according to new documents which have outraged the town’s councillors.

Earlier plans showed 19 houses near the River Don would be knocked down to make way for the controversial rail link.

But the Working Draft Environmental Statement released on Thursday indicates a total of 63 will go on the Ravenfield to Clayton route, including 52 from the Shimmer estate.

Read on… https://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/view,councillors-anger-as-hs2-demolition-toll-rises-in-mexborough_28942.htm

HS2 construction ‘may affect quality of life in Yorkshire communities’

Constructing HS2 will “change the character” of Yorkshire communities along the route and “may impact residents’ quality of life”, high-speed rail bosses have admitted.

A 250-page report summarising the potential environmental impacts of the Phase 2b route running through the region states almost 100 homes and more than 50 business and commercial properties will have to be demolished under the current plans.

Read more at: https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/hs2/hs2-construction-may-affect-quality-of-life-in-yorkshire-communities-1-9393070

HS2 to demolish Asda HQ and Hilton hotel for new Leeds station – as 5,000 city centre jobs put at risk

Building a new £500m HS2 station in Leeds will result in the demolition of a Hilton hotel in addition to Asda’s national headquarters and dozens of other business premises – with almost 5,000 city centre jobs “being displaced or possibly lost”, high-speed rail bosses have admitted.

A new HS2 report details for the first time the full extent of the impact of the construction project, which is due to start in late 2024 and expected to take around six years to complete.

Read on… https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/hs2-to-demolish-asda-hq-and-hilton-hotel-for-new-leeds-station-as-5-000-city-centre-jobs-put-at-risk-1-9395047

Damage from HS2 ‘will be worse than thought’

The impact of HS2, the railway to link London with the North, will be “far worse” than first feared, the company behind the project has admitted.

The line to Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester will lead to the destruction of almost 900 homes, 1,000 business premises and at least 61 ancient woodlands.

The scale of damage caused by the 330-mile, high-speed link has been set out for the first time in assessments that outline the environmental and economic impact. HS2 Ltd, the government-owned company, admitted that 1,740 buildings would be demolished, including 888 homes, with 536 houses during the second northern phase.

Read on… https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/damage-from-hs2-will-be-worse-than-thought-b27q607p6

Yorkshire Post HS2 coverage… https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/hs2

Documents:

the working draft Environmental Statement – this describes the likely environmental impacts of building and operating Phase 2b of HS2; as well as proposed ways to avoid, reduce, mitigate and monitor the effects.

the working draft Equality Impact Assessment Report – this looks at the potential effects of building and operating the railway on people protected by the Equalities Act 2010.

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