Response to the Environmental Statement for the HS2 railway

We made a full response to the Government’s consultation on the HS2 Environmental Statement in February 2014.

Following the HS2 Act 2017, works started on the new railway, with a large construction site south of Maple Cross that will be used to create the 13km Chiltern tunnel which starts under the M25; and the Colne Valley Viaduct (3.3km long), which starts at a launch over the A412 Denham Way. Full details of the scheme are available here.

This response set out 83 concerns on a range of issues and criticised the lack of detail provided, the poor quality of some of the data used and the lack of solid commitments to manage the project in a way that would protect local residents.

We petitioned Parliament to address 21 of our specific areas of concern. Our petition was considered by a Parliamentary Select Committee in 2015 following negotiations with the project promoter (HS2 Ltd) to attempt to resolve our concerns.

We are also working on numerous matters relating to HS2, often through various consultation forums that are helping HS2 Ltd to develop their procedures. These forums work through the documents that will form the controls on the project to make sure it is properly managed.

Our Environmental Health and other specialist teams contributed to development of the controls proposed by HS2 Ltd, helping to address some of our concerns such as the weak protections for Air Quality and Sound Noise and Vibration in the HS2 Bill, before it was enacted in 2017.