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HS2 Route Will Go Overground

Friday July 19 2013

Route will go overground Route will go overground

TWO train lines thought to form tunnels as part of the high speed rail link through Barnsley will now go overground, it has been revealed.

Upper Hoyland Road resident Kevin Hogan, 72, discovered the shock news after writing to HS2 Ltd, the firm dealing with the plans to run a high speed rail network from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds, on behalf of the government.

The route near his home was originally thought to be planned as twin tunnels, eight metres beneath the surface.

He was told in a letter from HS2 Ltd official William Shockley that the superfast train line will be 30 metres away from his property - about the length of a cricket pitch.

"It is a vast change from what our neighbours believed was to happen," he said.

"It seems there has been a complete change of plan. People should know."

In a letter to Mr Hogan, Mr Shockley said the initial preferred route was published in January this year, with a final decision on route options expected at the end of 2014.

He wrote: "At the point at which it passes your property, the line of the route would be on the surface, and at a distance of approximately 30m away."

Consultation on the route started on Wednesday and will close on January 31 next year.

Responses can be logged on their website and can also be posted to:

Phase Two Route Consultation 
PO Box 1152

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Reply Posted by liz on Monday July 22 2013 at 14:39
I think it is disgusting and am so angry about it this is going to wreck our area so people in leeds can shave 40 minutes of there travel time to London!?! ridiculous waste of our money. the line cuts through green belt and proteceted areas what is the point in protection these areas if the government can simply ignore them anyway.

Reply Posted by Ryan on Monday July 22 2013 at 17:08
The govement seem t think they can do owt they want as there above the law they no better then drug dealer and bank robbers power is there drug n they cant get enuff of it and they dunt care who they hurt

Reply Posted by Mick on Monday July 22 2013 at 18:11
People need to look at the plans rather than relying on speculation from others. They are all available online and are very detailed. It's quite easy to identify down to street or even individual property. For those that don't have internet access (or a friend that does) i'm surprised that the council hasn't produced displays in libraries & connects offices so people can view them. I presume the council will be submitting it's own detailed response to the consultation & would be interested in our views (as they are supposed to represent us) so producing a few displays wouldn't be any extra work. Our MPs could do the same in their offices.

The plan shows that the track does go under the end of upper hoyland road in a tunnel (approx 25m underground) & then emerges overground just the other side of the dual carriageway & continues overground past blacker hill towards worsborough. This must be up to date as that is on the website today and these are the plans that the official consultation is looking for comments on.

Reply Posted by Peter H on Tuesday July 23 2013 at 07:54
Good point, post the link Mick so peeps can see 4 themselves

Reply Posted by a person it will affect on Wednesday July 24 2013 at 18:16
yes pls put it on f/book pls as i cant find a detailed route!!1

Reply Posted by Mick on Thursday July 25 2013 at 22:00
The link to HS2 website is in the article above. For our area you then need to find Maps HSL 16 parts 2 & 3. Save them onto your computer (each one is about 15MB) then open them up and you can then zoom in to get as close as you like. The docs show the route and whether it is above or below ground & how deep.

Reply Posted by Stop being pig ignorant on Wednesday July 24 2013 at 19:49
Pig ignorant people annoy me. The governments of this country, have spent years looking at the issue of rail capacity, how it can be used to stimulate investment in areas, bring in jobs, free up routes for more local trains and freight, etc. But NIMBYs and the rest have concocted a toxic blend of lies and half truths to try and bump HS2 into the long grass because they do not understand how budgeting works, and want the noise to bother somebody else. All the evidence and business case for HS2 is out there, if you bother to look for it. As is a pack of utter self serving rubbish from middle class people who, are already wealthy, want to preserve their rural idyll in the Chilterns at the expense of the north. Our mainlines are full. Attempting to widen them or increase capacity is ridiculously complex and expensive (and already failed re: the WCML). New routes are required to unlock potential and cater for a future oil shock. If you're building new routes, you may as well make them High Speed so you're not left behind. A lack of HS rail shows the UK off as being backward and unwilling to invest, and this puts off private industry from investing.
tl:dr Read more. Learn more. Stop falling for the same old simple arguments, however seductive they are e.g. "wreck our area so people in leeds can shave 40 minutes of there travel time to London!" sic.

Reply Posted by mustapha phag on Thursday July 25 2013 at 19:45
Today is a bad for spain H S T. crashes murdering at least 80 people and injurys to more than150 .
This is what happens when you make speed and capacity the prime objectiive.
Death en masse the train was believed to be 5 minutes late .aircraft are the same
build them big carry more passrngers make more money get them there quicker speed. speed. speed.
Death is the ultimate disaster.
concorde was one end to the death factory.
This accident was equivelent toa 35 car pile up and not one survivor
and dont say it couldnt happen here

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