The Cheshire Showground in Tabley will be the location of Phase 2b of the High-Speed rail as well as areas to the west of Middlewich and Knutsford.
However, following a Cheshire and Warrington local transport meeting held on Friday 21stSeptember, the Chairman of Campaign to Protect Rural England’s Cheshire branch, Andrew Needham, made it clear that the embankments of the HS2 caused a lot of uncertainty regarding the way in which the countryside would be affected.
He stated that the Cheshire Show has been informed that the height of the embankment will be reduced from 6 metres to 3 metres, although there is still an element of confidentiality surrounding the entire route. This is despite a number of meetings taking place about the delivery of HS2.
Therefore, it is crucial for them to know what the height of the embankments will be as they will need to identify the impact it will have on the environment. There has been further uncertainty caused by the delay in legislation for Phase 2b but the local authority still supports the route but made it known that it was a top priority of theirs to protect the environment in the area.
Throughout the summer, a number of engagement events took place along the route. Despite the support for the route, the concerns are clearly an issue and so, they are looking for world-class mitigation in an attempt to reduce the environmental impact that could be caused by the creation of the route through Cheshire and to the West of Middlewich and Knutsford.
Local Councillor Rachel Bailey has made it clear that any current delay would not alter the time frame of the delivery of HS2 but it would make it possible for any concerns to be considered in the correct way.