HS2 promises tunnel and links in latest offerings

Computer-generated visuals of a high speed train. HS2. For editorial usage only NNL-140326-125435001
Computer-generated visuals of a high speed train. HS2. For editorial usage only NNL-140326-125435001

Improvements to Kenilworth’s Greenway and a tunnel for Burton Green are among new promises to help offset the impact of HS2.

Warwickshire County Council has secured the mitigation measures as part of the petitioning process as the hybrid bill for a high speed line continues through Parliament.

After a three-day presentation to the HS2 Select Committee to raise issues, the council has this week been promised an improved tunnel at Burton Green, as well as a revised plan for the village Greenway to include an equine underpass beneath Cromwell Lane.

HS2 Ltd has also given assurances of a link from the north western end of Kenilworth Greenway to Berkswell Station when work begins on construction of the railway.

And while the offerings have been welcomed, officials have insisted there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure the line between London and Birmingham does not destroy our communities.

Cllr John Whitehouse (Lib Dem, Ken), said: “We cautiously welcome the offer of some mitigation to lessen the impact of HS2 but there remains a great deal of unresolved issues in the Kenilworth and Burton Green area, and along the route as a whole.”

“Of course, we still oppose the principle of HS2 but we need to be pragmatic and this is about working to get a better deal for communities.”

Residents and community groups have not yet had chance to present arguments to the committee but these latest decisions will have no impact on individual cases.

Issues including extra resources for emergency services, are subject to further negotiation as the petitioning process continues.