HS2 in your area newsletter: Phase 2a
Welcome to the second edition of a quarterly series of Phase 2a newsletters, covering the section of the new railway between the West Midlands and Crewe.
This newsletter provides you with an update on the work that is taking place on Phase 2a of HS2 and how you can find out more about the project in your local area. It explains the different steps that have to be undertaken to progress the designs of the new railway before we can start its construction. We also share further details on the ways that we manage HS2 construction traffic.
What work is happening?
Our ground investigation programme across the Phase 2a route is now nearing its completion, with only a few sites remaining. The information gathered from more than 1,200 sites will be used by our engineers to further develop the design of the new railway.
Ahead of establishing new habitats across the Phase 2a route, environmental surveys are underway. These inform the designs for over 80 new ecological sites and will also support the development of the railway design.
We are currently taking possession and securing the new ecological sites with fencing. Over the next few months we will start work on establishing the new habitats, such as the digging of ponds and planting of vegetation.
At the end of last year National Grid completed the pylon replacement and restringing works from Handsacre to Kings Bromley. Extensive planning and preparation for other utility diversions is continuing, with surveys and compound set up having started.
Surveys have been undertaken to inform the development of the designs for road modifications, with traffic management and short-term road closures required at some locations. This survey work will continue for the next few months. The designs will then be finalised and shared with local communities ahead of work starting on the roads from the end of this year.
To view more detail on what work is happening near you, visit our interactive map where you will be able to see all current works being carried out along the Phase 2a route.
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