With less then two months to go before the end of the HS2 Consultation, we’re going to look at some of the questions in more depth – however, don’t just copy our answers, please rewrite them in your own words.
Question Five; “Do you agree that the Government’s proposed route, including the approach proposed for mitigating its impacts, is the best option for a new high speed rail line between London and the West Midlands?”
No, we don’t because when you look at the consultation document, the approach proposed is non-committal.
It says on p110 that “a range of measures could be employed to mitigate the impacts described above”.
For instance, they go on to say
“As part of this, HS2 Ltd would look to use earth moved during construction to create bunds to shield properties from noise and visual impact … although it would not be possible to mitigate the impacts entirely…. For example, to design the provision of noise barriers alongside the route would first require assessments of the noise impacts. “
So, they might use some of the earth moved (does this include the chalk from tunneling through the Chilterns?) and it might reduce the noise.
But they can’t be certain what they’d do and how it would work, because they haven’t done the noise assessment yet.
And even if they did create bunds like this, noise from the high speed trains would still be audible.
So no guarantee that HS2 Ltd will do any mitigation for the effects of the high speed line – and a warning that the mitigation will be imperfect.