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HS2 Officials Apologise After Misleading Information

Friday August 9 2013

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HS2 OFFICIALS have apologised for the 'inevitable concern' caused after misleading information was sent out.

Proposals for the preferred phase two route of the high-speed rail link were announced in January, extending the network north from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds, passing through parts of Barnsley.

Initial plans suggested the HS2 line would pass through Upper Hoyland in twin tunnels up to 64 metres deep.

However, a recent letter to resident Kevin Hogan, 72, of Upper Hoyland Road, called these plans into question and instead suggested HS2 would pass over ground through Upper Hoyland.

HS2 Ltd official William Shockley wrote to Mr Hogan telling him the super-fast train line would be on the surface and 30m away from his property.

Mr Hogan received another letter from Michael Flynn, of HS2 Ltd, saying Mr Hogan had been provided with 'inaccurate information'.

Mr Flynn wrote: "I am extremely sorry for the inevitable concern this has caused you.

"We have re-checked the property details you supplied us with against our latest maps.

"I can confirm that, at the point at which it passes your property, the line of the route would be in a tunnel at a depth of approximately 54.4 metres below the surface, and at a distance of approximately 30 metres away.

"Once again I would like to apologise for our previous error."

The mistake has been criticised by Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher who has called on HS2 Ltd to work harder to prevent the supply of inaccurate information and confusion regarding the proposed route.

Mr Dugher said the change would have been of great concern and interest to many in Barnsley who may have questioned if plans were set to change in their area too.

He said: "I think it is important to clarify that HS2 plans currently remain unchanged in Barnsley.

"HS2 will pass through twin tunnels at Hoyland, it will not be above ground as the information provided by HS2 Ltd the other week seemed to suggest.

"This is clearly not good enough from HS2 Ltd. People have to be kept up-to-date and have to be able to trust the information they are provided." 

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Reply Posted by king louis on Friday August 9 2013 at 09:45
So this house owner expected the High Speed Train to go over the hill at upper Hoyland like a rollercoaster then?... and didn't suspect it may not?

Reply Posted by Gypsum Fantastic on Friday August 9 2013 at 13:24
If the people building HS2 wrote to you and said it was going to be on the surface near your house, you'd probably want them to clarify what they meant, no?

You wouldn't just say, "king louis thinks it's all obvious, just ignore it", would you?

Reply Posted by BarnsleyFred on Friday August 9 2013 at 13:30
I like the roller-coaster idea... yes, HS2 is a MUST...

Reply Posted by Stuart Crossland on Monday August 12 2013 at 14:45
Dose any one know the actual route at stairfoot as I live near the roundabout.

Reply Posted by Gillian A on Wednesday August 21 2013 at 12:47
The route cuts through the edge of the new Wickes and Halfords, across Wombwell Lane into Hansons brickworks and tunnel going under below St Pauls Parade and Ardsley and then pops out again near Cudworth. People need to think about the traffic and rail chaos this will cause over many years (Barnsley/Sheffield mainline will have to close whilst viaduct built over it) even if their properties are not likely to be directly affected by the rail the construction traffic may do so. M1 and Wombwell Lane will be significantly affected. Final death knell for some Barnsley businesses ?

Reply Posted by King Louis' mate on Thursday August 15 2013 at 20:12
The maps released in January show the line to go through a tunnel at Hoyland...why feel the needs to question it?

Reply Posted by Gillian A on Wednesday August 21 2013 at 12:50
this is only provisional route - may change. Need to carefully check to see where all the new roads will go to enable construction access to many spots (particularly between Worsborough Dale and Blacker Hill) which will be needed to get all of the tunnelling and bridge building equipment in. We also dont know where the compounds will be. My guess Wombwell Lane.

Reply Posted by HS2 Ltd. on Friday August 23 2013 at 15:22
Hi, Stuart Crossland (and other readers),
Just to confirm, the route currently proposed would cross the edge of Stairfoot landfill in a cutting. Then a tunnel would run underneath Ardsley and come out at Dearne Valley.
You'd also be welcome to come along to one of our information events where you can talk to those involved in designing the route. The closest event to Stairfoot is on Saturday 2 November at Barnsley Town Hall, Church Street, Barnsley S70 2TA from 10am to 5pm.
We can also email you a factsheet and a map showing the proposed route - unfortunately this comments section won't accept hyperlinks but if you email online@hs2.org.uk we can send you the information directly.
Hope that's useful and helps to answer your questions.

Reply Posted by Simon Wasden on Saturday September 14 2013 at 12:10
What will happen to our house insurance costs / acceptances if, as is the case, the tunnel passes directly under my house in Ardsley?