Burton Green takes case to HS2 Select Committee

Computer-generated visuals of a high speed train
Computer-generated visuals of a high speed train

Residents in Burton Green have made a case for a deep bore tunnel to “save their village” from the impacts of HS2.

The village residents’ association, primary school representatives, residents, parish councillors and Greenway Trust members have all made a case before the HS2 Select Committee in Westminster this week.

The committee is hearing petitions from those affected in the latest stage as the hybrid bill for the high speed rail line makes its way through Parliament.

As well as making a case for deep bore tunnel, issues including protection of ancient woodland, impact on the school, construction works and the demolition of the village hall in Hodgets Lane have all been put to the independent panel of MPs.

Currently, the proposals put forward by HS2 Ltd include for a cut and cover tunnel in Burton Green and demolition of the village hall.

Over 60 houses lie within 120 metres of the proposed tracks.

The committee will hear from residents in Kenilworth on Wednesday, and have the power to authorise HS2 Ltd to make changes to the route or mitigation measures already proposed.

Warwickshire County Council has already made a case to the committee and any changes will be announced when the committee has heard all cases to be made.

Watch the committee live here