No changes for Kenilworth in HS2 route, say MPs

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  • Kenilworth will not see any changes in the HS2 route, rule MPs
  • Traffic congestion and road closures must be monitored by HS2 Ltd during construction
  • Residents in the Crackley Gap will have Need to Sell compensation claims monitored

Traffic congestion will be monitored and residents in Crackley may have more scope to sell their homes, are the final and only decisions by MPs ordering changes to HS2.

The HS2 Select Committee has published a special report detailing mitigation measures and changes to be implemented following months of petitioning by residents.

Burton Green was also told it would not get a deep-bore tunnel after soaring costs could come in at £654million.

After hearing claims of traffic chaos and road closures killing off businesses in Kenilworth, the independent MPs called for detailed management during construction of the high speed railway line.

The report states: “One of the main issues in the Kenilworth area was with construction traffic, its potential for causing congestion, and possible displacement by construction traffic of other vehicles.

“A traffic assessment will be undertaken within not more than four to six months.

Burton Green has been offered token gestures which in no way reflect the severity of the impact of HS2 on the residents

Warwickshire Councillor Bob Stevens

“A number of detailed assurances have been given on road use including in relation to certain junctions which have been the subject of concern, notably on the A45, A46, A452 and A429.”

HS2 Ltd has given assurances to the committee of road use on the A429 south of Crackley, and the University of Warwick has been involved in coming to traffic agreements.

The committee said it would also monitor the ‘Need to Sell’ compensation scheme for anyone applying from the Crackley Gap.

Warwickshire County Councillor, Bob Stevens described the offerings as “token” and not going far enough to protect communities.

“Burton Green has been offered token gestures which in no way reflect the severity of the impact of HS2 on the residents,” he said.