Changes to the construction of the second phase of HS2, Phase 2a will be voted on by MPs. They will make a decision on whether significant changes to designs and the layouts should be taken forward.
The changes that are proposed to take place between the West Midlands and Crewe will be decided by a select committee of MPs and this comes following a consultation, petitions and environment concerns have been considered.
A provisions document highlighted the changes and this includes amendments to be made to viaducts, junction layouts as well as tunnel lengths along with dealing with complaints relating to levels of noise including environmental disruption.
As part of the amendments, changes will be made to Crewe Station, where platform five will be extended in order accommodate the HS2 train which is longer in length. This comes after guidance from Cheshire East Council which was set out in the Crewe Hub Vision.
Concerns raised by Staffordshire County Council have lead to two changes being put forward and these concerns relate to noise levels of the proposed Kings Bromley viaduct located near the Trent and Mersey Canal.
In May of last year, the HS2 guaranteed the authority that the height of the viaduct would be reduced while the amendments suggest that they could decrease the cost of construction and the visual impact. The council also requested a simpler layout of Handsacre Junction where it has been revised although this is the area where Phase 1 of HS2 will link up with the West Coast Main Line.
There are other amendments that will be considered such as the tunnel at Whitmore in Stoke-on-Trent being extended as well as a new tractions power connection at Newlands Lane which would offer a level of resilience that is needed for the traction power on the high speed railway.
So, the select committee will make a decision on what amendments ca be taken forward before putting through a consultation that will run until the end of March where the public and petitioners will be heard.