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High Speed Rail Link Worries Ardsley Resident

Friday April 19 2013


THE tunnel for the proposed high speed rail link going through Barnsley will be up to 60 metres deep, according to a Freedom of Information request made by an Ardsley resident.

Mike Frost, who lives on Kendal Grove, said the proposed route to link Birmingham with Leeds and Manchester via Barnsley, goes directly under the property where he's lived since 1969.

Mr Frost submitted an FOI to High Speed Two Ltd - the company set up by the government to complete the project.

He has many concerns about HS2, and said he used the FOI to find out how to object to the proposal, how deep the tunnel would be in Barnsley, and whether the construction would cause subsidence due to old mine workings under his property.

He also wanted to know if a fault line in the area had been taken into account and if trains would be heard passing under his property.

In the response from High Speed Two Ltd, Mr Frost was told it is an initial preferred route and a decision will not be taken until a public consultation planned for later this year is completed.

The FOI said the tunnel at Barnsley is 'currently designed to be up to 60 metres deep', and HS2 officials are aware of the mining history of the region and will be 'working in detail' on them to minimise any effect it could have on both the route and the surroundings.

Mr Frost is not happy with the response given by HS2 Ltd, which he feels didn't answer his questions.

"I am not satisfied with the answers given in the letter. There's no firm date of when people's objections will be taken into account and how and where this will take place," he said.

"I have many concerns. The main ones are there are old mine workings under our property as the area was prone to subsidence when they were worked. If the proposal goes ahead when the tunnel is constructed, will it disturb these workings and cause subsidence on our property?"

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Reply Posted by Mick on Friday April 19 2013 at 11:51
I read this story in last weeks chronicle. You don't need a FOI request for any of this info. The very detailed plans are all available online via the HS2 website, the maps show exactly the proposed route & whether it is over or under ground and the depths.

Reply Posted by justjokein on Friday April 19 2013 at 11:55
no need to worry as they are using the trench cut and cover method so your house will go anyway. Just make sure you get a good price from them for your house

Reply Posted by Mick on Friday April 19 2013 at 13:02
They are not using 'cut & cover' in Ardsley. It will be a deep tunnel (if the proposed route is used)

Reply Posted by trainspotter on Saturday April 20 2013 at 18:22
I like trains CHOO CHOO

Reply Posted by trainspotter on Saturday April 20 2013 at 22:11

Reply Posted by les on Sunday April 21 2013 at 10:00
Whatever happened to monorails.
Whats the rush anyway.i bet this train whont benefit more 20 people in the whole of barnsley ¿

Reply Posted by M on Tuesday April 23 2013 at 20:13
I see Shelbyville just bought a monorail!

Reply Posted by andy s on Sunday April 21 2013 at 17:02
mining tunnels in barnsley for trains or owt else? god you can tell the witch is dead,this news probably saw her off

Reply Posted by Pete on Monday May 13 2013 at 08:54

Reply Posted by Mr mckenning on Monday May 20 2013 at 15:18
its not the 1960s now times change so does technology time to think of next gen gust let hs2 do there job thay know what's in store

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