Leicestershire councillors to discuss HS2 route changes

County councillors will next week assess proposed changes to the HS2 route in Leicestershire, which are now being widely consulted on.

Cabinet members will be asked to note a re-alignment of the route in the county, which would then signal the development of the council’s full response to the changes, in its role as a key consultee.

Trevor Pendleton, cabinet support member for HS2, said: “Our role as consultees on these changes is a vital one as it is so important that every voice is heard.

“We know that HS2 will bring much needed additional rail capacity as well as around £40m of benefit into the Leicestershire economy, but we also want to ensure that disruption to residents and businesses is limited.

“We’ll be looking very closely at the proposals to re-align the route and going back to HS2 with our responses. We’re really committed to ensuring that we respond to and mitigate the impacts of the railway’s development in Leicestershire.”

The changes announced by HS2 Ltd:

• A re-alignment of an eight-mile section of the line between Ashby and Diseworth to avoid former open-cast mines and old landfill sites;

• Construction of a temporary railhead near to junction 13 of the M42 at Ashby;

• Re-alignment of the route at junction 10 of the M42 in North Warwickshire, an important road network “gateway” to the county

Construction of the line through Leicestershire is expected to begin in 2023.

The consultation will continue until September 6.

HS2 Ltd is also holding a public exhibition at Ivanhoe College on Saturday, 29 June from 12 noon to 5pm, with the focus being on the route re-alignment through Leicestershire, and the proposed temporary railhead at Ashby.

Cabinet members will discuss the report when they meet on Tuesday, 25 June at 2pm.