HS2 Update

August 2019

Councillors John Gillic and Santon Crowshaw attended a meeting of the HS2 Liasion Group at Towcester recently. There were presentations from HS2, Fusion, Eifiage Kier and NCC Highways. Below are the notes taken from the session:

The meeting was chaired by Councillor Ian Morris. There was some scepticism from him as to the future of HS2, he read out a statement from Andrea Leadsome who couldn't attend the meeting which confirmed there will be a full cost review into HS2 later this year. A Notice to proceed has still not been issued to HS2.

There were several concerns raised from Councillors attending the meeting centered around HS2 employing delaying tactics and had still not paid for land they were currently using. There was disgust amongst the group when it was revealed that a local resident was due to lose her home and business to HS2 at the end of this coming week and had still not received a penny.

The main points to come from the meeting are as follows:

Fusion – Chipping Warden relief road and enabling works – Buckingham Group have been appointed as the replacement contractors for Dawnus who entered administration. This is still in the early contractor involvement stage which has to go through due diligence, documentation review, review of work already completed by Dawnus and validation testing prior to the main re-start of the work. Fusion hope to close the contract with Buckingham Group by the end of July. Consents and approvals will be required once a new schedule of works is submitted by Buckingham Group.

Mini roundabouts are being included in the Chipping Warden relief road scheme at access points to the village to ease congestion. It was confirmed that they hope to complete all relief road and enabling works work by spring 2020.

HS2 along with Eifiage Kier will be holding noise and traffic engagement events in September and October. Eifiage Kier will communicate Local Traffic Management Plans in a newsletter once approved by NCC and Highways.

HS2 Road Safety Schemes – It was confirmed that the following local schemes have been approved and are currently at detailed design and cost estimate stage. Consultation will then be carried out where necessary. Once this is complete NCC can submit applications to HS2 to draw down funding. This is expected to happen early September 2019. Where possible all schemes will be delivered before Spring 2020.

A361 General – Improved road safety signage along the route

Badby – Vehicle activated sign (VAS) and new white lining

Charwelton – Traffic speed reduction (Exact details TBC)

Byfield – Upgrade existing zebra crossing to controlled, New controlled crossing to the south of the village, Priority working (chicane) for woodford road entering the village.

Boddington – VAS, Traffic calming and improved signage, pedestrian access to village hall

Chipping Warden – VAS