Transport

Altrincham event to provide more information about controversial HS2 plans

By David Prior at

An event is being held in Altrincham this week to give people the chance to find out more about the controversial High Speed Two (HS2) rail link scheme.

Residents can discover more about the plans at a drop-in session this Wednesday, January 11th, at the Best Western Cresta Court Hotel on Church Street, from 12pm until 8pm.

It is one of a series of upcoming community information events to support the two public consultations that are currently underway on the Phase 2b section of the route between Crewe and Manchester in the west and the West Midlands and Leeds in the east.

The Government has announced its preferred route for the proposed HS2 service from London to Manchester and Leeds, confirming that 67 properties in Greater Manchester will need to be completely demolished – including a number of residential properties in Hale Barns.

A map showing the proposed route of HS2 through the Altrincham area

A map showing the proposed route of HS2 through the Altrincham area (click to expand)

It is now consulting on the property compensation and assistance schemes being proposed for people affected by the plans; and on the seven substantial changes being proposed to the route.

Paul Griffiths, HS2’s phase 2b development director, said: “The information events are an important part of the consultation process and I actively encourage people to come along and ask questions.

“We are committed to working with local communities as we develop the HS2 route and are putting on these events to help people understand the project in more detail, so they can submit an informed response to the consultations.”