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Improved local webpages launched on HS2 website

Over the past few months, we have introduced a number of improvements to the HS2 website and how we share information with you. As part of this work, we have now moved the contents of the HS2 in Warwickshire website to the In your area section of the HS2 website.

We will continue to provide local webpages and publish information about the progress of the railway in your area.

  • Visit www.hs2inwarwickshire.co.uk for the latest updates on the planning and delivery HS2 in your area .
  • Use our In your area map for information about current and planned HS2 works taking place in your area.
  • Make sure you are subscribed to our email mailing lists to continue to receive updates from us.
  • We have also published local community landing pages for each section of the route. These provide information about the HS2 route within each area.

    We will continue to produce regular updates about the project, including notifications of our upcoming works, how it’s being constructed and what we’re doing to make it less disruptive.

    If you would like to continue to receive updates from us and haven't already registered, please sign up directly at engagement.hs2.org.uk/join-mailing-list . We will ask you to confirm your email address as part of the sign-up process.

    The personal information you provide will be handled in accordance with current data protection legislation and only used for the purposes for which you have provided it. Find out more about what we will do to keep your information safe in our Personal information charter .

    We will no longer use this platform or Commonplace to publish information or issue emails to you. This website has now been archived. You can still access the materials that were originally available on this website by visiting the HS2 in Warwickshire overview page .

    Contact us if you have any questions

    If you have any questions about these changes or would like some help signing up to receive email updates from us please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team, available all day, every day on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 19th August 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 Notification: No weekend closure on 21 and 22 August, and changes to traffic rerouting around Northway Island from Monday 23 August to late October 2021

    HS2 Notification: Changes to traffic rerouting around Northway Island from Monday 23 August to late October 2021

    We are remodelling and improving sections of the existing road network in the area and creating new routes on HS2 land. These road improvements will ensure that when the future station is operational, the local road network is fit for purpose. Upon completion, a new T-junction will replace Northway Island. A new ‘longabout’ is already in operation outside the Holiday Inn Express NEC, on the way to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC).

    We started the creation of the new T-junction in April 2021. To enable us to continue to connect parts of the existing road network to the new routes we create, we are carrying out a series of weekend road closures in 2021 near Northway Island.

    On Tuesday 10 August , we informed you that possibly a temporary, weekend road closure would need to be installed along sections of the B4438 and A452 on Saturday 21 August and Sunday 22 August 2021. This weekend closure will no longer take place and our next weekend closure will take place in October 2021. We will confirm the details of these traffic measures in due course.

    To continue to remodel and improve sections of the existing road network in the area, we will install some changes to the existing traffic rerouting around Northway Island which commenced on Monday 19 July .

    From Monday 23 August to late October 2021, one of the short sections of Northway Island that was closed on Monday 19 July will reopen, whilst the other section remains closed. Depending on your direction of travel, you may be redirected from Northway Island, along the B4438, and back. You will still be able to access all routes and direction of travel along the B4438, A452 and Northway will be unaffected.

    A new direction of travel around Northway Island will be installed following this phase of our programme. We’ll inform you of any changes to the direction of travel around Northway Island before they take effect.

    On occasion, temporary, off-peak single lane closures will be installed between Monday 23 August and late October 2021 around the longabout, on the way to the NEC, and along short sections of the B4438.

    You can view the works notification, including a map, here .

    Please also note that no further news alerts will be sent from this site.

    Join the HS2 mailing list to continue to receive updates from HS2 about the project

    We will no longer be using this website or Commonplace to issue email updates to you. Instead, we are asking that you sign up to receive information from HS2 directly. We will continue to produce regular updates about the project, including notifications of our upcoming works, how it’s being constructed and what we’re doing to make it less disruptive.

    If you would like to continue to receive updates from HS2 you can sign up for email notifications at engagement.hs2.org.uk/join-mailing-list . We will ask you to confirm your email address as part of the sign-up process.

    The personal information you provide will be handled in accordance with current data protection legislation and only used for the purposes for which you have provided it.

    Find out more about what we will do to keep your information safe in our Personal information charter .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 17th August 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 Notification: Possible continuation of works, requiring a temporary, weekend road closure on sections of the B4438 and A452 on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of August 2021

    We are remodelling and improving sections of the existing road network in the area and creating new routes on HS2 land. These road improvements will ensure that when the future station is operational, the local road network is fit for purpose. Upon completion, a new T-junction will replace Northway Island. A new ‘longabout’ is already in operation outside the Holiday Inn Express NEC, on the way to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC).

    We started the creation of the new T-junction in April 2021 . To enable us to continue to connect parts of the existing road network to the new routes we create, a series of weekend road closures will be installed in 2021 near Northway Island.

    To carry out this programme safely, we have previously informed you that we will be installing a temporary, weekend road closure on short sections of the B4438 (northbound) and A452 (both directions), near Northway Island, from 8pm on Friday 13 August through to 5am on Monday 16 August. A signed diversion route will be in place for road users during the weekend road closure. The relevant information regarding this closure is available in this notification . We may need to repeat this closure on the following weekend from 6am on Saturday 21st of August, until 8pm on Sunday 22nd of August. The closure extents and diversion should be the same as the weekend of the 13 August, but we will confirm the exact details on Monday 16 August .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 10th August 2021

    by HS2inWarwickshire

    Radford Semele Parish Council’s outdoor gym project receives HS2 community funding

    Radford Semele Parish Council has secured £30,000 from our Community and Environment Fund (CEF) to provide an outdoor gym for adults on the village playing field .

    The grant was given to the council to create a facility for the whole community, with a range of exercise machines suitable for adults and youngsters over the age of 14 years.

    The facility is aimed at encouraging more families to visit the playing field to improve their health and wellbeing and will be suitable for a wide range of users who want to exercise outdoors and keep fit. It will complement the popular children’s play areas nearby which were upgraded in 2016.

    Once the equipment is in place the Parish Council will organise an open event to demonstrate the use of the machines and to provide guidance on fitness training for users.

    Community and Business Funds

    The award has come from HS2’s Community and Environment fund (CEF), one of two funds with a combined total of £40million available to local communities and businesses that are demonstrably disrupted by the construction of Britain’s new high speed railway between London and the West Midlands.

    Our Community and Business funds were launched in 2017 and have to date supported 25 projects in Warwickshire which have shared over £1.29million. Projects have ranged from community facilities upgrades and sports programmes, to programmes to provide transportation for people to access community and healthcare services.

    Applications for the funds are still being welcomed and give local communities and businesses disrupted by the construction of HS2 the opportunity to receive funding of up to £1 million for projects to improve their local area or support their local economy.

    The Funds for Phase One, independently administered by community charity Groundwork UK, support urban and rural, community, environmental and business projects. For more information on Groundwork and the funds, including how to apply, visit https://hs2funds.org.uk/ . You can also watch our short videos which explain how to best demonstrate that your project meets the criteria for the Community, Environment or Business Funds.

    If you have any questions about the Community and Business Funds, HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 6th August 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Keep up-to-date with HS2 in your area: Please remember to sign up to our mailing list

    As part of our ongoing pledge to keeping communities informed about the planning and delivery of the HS2 project, we are introducing a number of improvements to how we share information with you .

    This is a reminder that we're moving your local website within the HS2 website.

    This summer we will be moving the contents of this website over to the 'In your area' section of the main HS2 website. We are also changing the way that we issue email updates about the project and giving you more choice about how you would like to receive information from us.

    We have published local community landing pages for each section of the route between London, the West Midlands and Crewe. These provide information about the HS2 route within each area. Over the coming weeks we will be adding further pages and information to each area.

    We are now in the final stages of this transition which is expected to be completed by mid-August, however we will write to you again to confirm this nearer the time.

    Join the HS2 mailing list to continue to receive updates from HS2 about the project

    We will no longer be using this website or Commonplace to issue email updates to you. Instead, we are asking that you sign up to receive information from HS2 directly. We will continue to produce regular updates about the project, including notifications of our upcoming works, how it’s being constructed and what we’re doing to make it less disruptive.

    If you would like to continue to receive updates from HS2 you can sign up for email notifications at engagement.hs2.org.uk/join-mailing-list . We will ask you to confirm your email address as part of the sign-up process.

    The personal information you provide will be handled in accordance with current data protection legislation and only used for the purposes for which you have provided it.

    Find out more about what we will do to keep your information safe in our Personal information charter .

    Contact us if you have any questions

    If you have any questions about these changes or would like some help signing up to receive email updates from us please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team, available all day, every day on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 6th August 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 Works Notification: Wormleighton to Southam newsletter, August 2021

    Our activity in the area from Wormleighton to Southam is well under way.

    Over the summer and autumn, our activity will increase. You can expect to see the following works in the local area:

    • Ground investigations, utility and trial hole works as well as land surveying;

    • Construction of the office and welfare facilities at the A423 Southam construction compound;

    • Further clearance of vegetation and fencing work;

    • Construction of access and haul roads to move people and materials along the line of the new railway, rather than on local roads;

    • Construction of a plant crossing area where our access road meets the B4451 Kineton Road;

    • Excavation, movement and storage of earthworks near Wormleighton, Ladbroke and Southam;

    • Temporary footpath closures and diversions near the Southam compound and Ladbroke Hill Lane area.

    For further information, please see our newsletter: https://www.hs2.org.uk/work-items/hs2-works-notification-wormleighton-to-southam-newsletter-august-2021/

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 3rd August 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Notice of Balfour Beatty VINCI works on Network Rail asset

    In early 2021, Balfour Beatty VINCI sent out a notification to outline works we were completing on the Network Rail track to install lineside protection. This lineside protection enables us to create a safe environment for our construction workers and users of the existing rail network, whilst we construct HS2.

    The second phase of this work is now due to commence, starting Saturday 14 August. We will then continue working for three weekends up until 5 September.

    To complete this work, we will enter the working area through the existing Network Rail access point close to Lea Marston. We will also utilise an access gate at Newlands Farm, however this will only be used by passenger vehicles.

    For more information please see the following notification

    Posted on 30th July 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Phased overnight lane closures near Stonebridge Island in August and September 2021, and temporary, weekend road closure on sections of the B4438 and A452 from Friday 13 August to Monday 16 August 2021

    Temporary, phased overnight lane closures near Stonebridge Island in August and September 2021

    As part of our preparation works for future construction of the HS2 Interchange Station and railway route , we are undertaking various environmental surveys in the area. To carry out our surveys safely, we will install traffic measures when necessary.

    Subject to obtaining the relevant consents, we will install temporary, phased overnight lane closures from 7pm to 6.30am on Thursday 12 August and Monday 16 August, and from 7pm to 12.30am on Thursday 26 August and Wednesday 1 September, along sections of the A452 and A45 near Stonebridge Island.

    You can view the works notification, including a map, here .

    Temporary, weekend road closure on short sections of the B4438 and A452 from Friday 13 August to Monday 16 August 2021

    We are remodeling and improving sections of the existing road network in the area and creating new routes on HS2 land. These road improvements will ensure that when the future station is operational, the local road network is fit for purpose. Upon completion, a new T-junction will replace Northway Island. A new ‘longabout’ is already in operation outside the Holiday Inn Express NEC, on the way to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC).

    We started the creation of the new T-junction in April 2021 . To enable us to continue to connect parts of the existing road network, to the new routes we create, a series of weekend road closures will be installed in 2021 near Northway Island.

    To carry out this programme safely, we will install a temporary, weekend road closure on short sections of the B4438 (northbound) and A452 (both directions), near Northway Island, from 8pm on Friday 13 August through to 5am on Monday 16 August. A signed diversion route will be in place for road users during the weekend road closure.

    Throughout the closure, there will be temporary changes to access to and from Birmingham Business Park off Northway Island.

    You can view the works notification, including a map, here

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 28th July 2021

    by HS2in Warwickshire

    Please remember to sign up to our mailing list and be kept informed about HS2 in your area

    This is a reminder that as part of our ongoing commitment to keeping communities informed about the planning and delivery of the HS2 project, we are introducing a number of improvements to how we share information with you and are moving your local website within the HS2 website.

    The contents of this website will be moving over to the 'In your area' section of the main HS2 website, and we are also changing the way that we issue email updates about the project to give you more choice about how you would like to receive information from us.

    There are local community landing pages which have been published for each section of the route between London, the West Midlands and Crewe, providing information about the HS2 route within each area. We will be adding further pages and information to each area in the coming weeks.

    We are now in the final stages of this transition which is expected to be completed by mid-August, however, we will write to you again to confirm this nearer the time.

    Join the HS2 mailing list to continue to receive updates from HS2 about the project

    We will no longer be using this website or Commonplace to issue email updates to you. Instead, we are asking that you sign up to receive information from HS2 directly. We will continue to produce regular updates about the project, including notifications of our upcoming works, how it’s being constructed and what we’re doing to make it less disruptive.

    If you would like to continue to receive updates from HS2 you can sign up for email notifications at engagement.hs2.org.uk/join-mailing-list . We will ask you to confirm your email address as part of the sign-up process.

    The personal information you provide will be handled in accordance with current data protection legislation and only used for the purposes for which you have provided it.

    Find out more about what we will do to keep your information safe in our Personal information charter .

    Contact us if you have any questions

    If you have any questions about these changes or would like some help signing up to receive email updates from us please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team, available all day, every day on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 26th July 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    A425 Leamington Road, Southam, to re-open 31 July

    We can confirm that the A425 Leamington Road, Southam, will re-open on 31 July 2021, subject to final safety inspection.

    Balfour Beatty Vinci will continue to have some traffic management in the area including a controlled plant crossing of the A425 between its works sites either side of the road. This crossing will allow the safe movement of construction vehicles, materials, and equipment across the A425.

    For more information please see this notification

    Posted on 26th July 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Traffic Management in North Warwickshire

    There are a number of HS2 related works coming up in the North Warwickshire area over the next few weeks. For more information, including maps and the notification, please follow this link to the interactive map

    These include work near:

    Middleton

    Bodymoor Heath

    A4091

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 22nd July 2021

    by HS2inWarwickshire

    HS2 Notification: Hard shoulder closure along the M42 northbound between junctions 6 and 7 from Monday 2 August to Friday 6 August 2021

    As part of our preparation works for future construction of the HS2 Interchange Station and railway route , we are undertaking roadside vegetation clearance in the area. To carry out our works safely, we will install traffic measures when necessary.

    Subject to obtaining the relevant consents, we will install a temporary, hard shoulder closure along the M42 northbound from 9.30am to 3.30pm between Monday 2 August to Friday 6 August between junctions 6 and 7.

    The map below shows the location of the hard shoulder closure in orange.

    This schedule is subject to change depending on site and weather conditions, gaining the appropriate consents and evolving measures to combat coronavirus. We’ll keep you informed of any adjustments at: www.hs2inwarwickshire.co.uk

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 20th July 2021

    by HS2inWarwickshire

    Reminder of changes to traffic rerouting around Northway Island from Monday 19 July to late August 2021

    We are remodelling and improving sections of the existing road network in the area and creating new routes on HS2 land. These road improvements will ensure that when the future station is operational, the local road network is fit for purpose. Upon completion, a new T-junction will replace Northway Island. A new ‘longabout’ is already in operation outside the Holiday Inn Express NEC, on the way to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC).

    To date, we have connected parts of the existing road network to some of the new routes we have created, and installed new pedestrian footpaths, kerb lines and central reservations in the area. We started the creation of the new T-junction in April 2021 . This programme will continue with some changes to the existing traffic rerouting around Northway Island which commenced on Monday 24 May .

    From Monday 19 July to late August 2021, two short sections of Northway Island will be closed. Depending on your direction of travel, road users will no longer be able to travel around the whole of the Island and you may be redirected from Northway Island, along the A452 or B4438, and back.

    You will still be able to access all routes, there will just be a short diversion from some parts of Northway Island. Direction of travel along the B4438, A452 and Northway will be unaffected.

    A new direction of travel around Northway Island will be installed following this phase of our programme. We’ll inform you of any changes to the direction of travel around Northway Island before they take effect.

    You can view the works notification, including a map, here .

    On Sunday 18 July, we will also install temporary traffic lights from 10am to 1pm on a short section of the A452 off Northway Island.

    The map below shows the location of the temporary traffic lights.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 14th July 2021

    by HS2inWarwickshire

    HS2 Notification: Notice of overnight lane closures near Stonebridge Island from Monday 26 July 2021

    As part of our preparation works for future construction of the HS2 Interchange Station and railway route , we are undertaking various environmental surveys in the area. To carry out our surveys safely, we will install traffic measures when necessary.

    Subject to obtaining the relevant consents, we will install temporary, phased overnight lane closures from 7pm to 12.30am between Monday 26 July to Friday 30 July, and on Monday 2 August, along sections of the A446, A452 and A45 near Stonebridge Island.

    These traffic measures will be carried out in conjunction with a new direction of travel for road users around Northway Island, which will commence on Monday 19 July .

    You can view the works notification, including a map, here .

    Also, earlier in the month , we informed you that we would install temporary, phased lane closures from 9.30am to 3.30pm each day between Monday 12 July to Thursday 15 July, and Monday 19 July to Tuesday 20 July, along sections of the A446, A452 and A45 near Stonebridge Island. We will now extend this programme from Monday 12 July to Friday 16 July.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 12th July 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Sign up for free online events, or visit St Mary's Church Field Museum as HS2 celebrates Britain's Festival of Archaeology

    To mark the Council for British Archaeology's Festival of Archaeology , we are holding a series of free online events so you can get involved and find out more about what treasures are being unearthed as we build the country's new high speed railway. The Festival of Archaeology runs from July 17 - August 1, shining a light on our past and how our ancestors lived.

    Subjects we will be covering in the free online 'webinars' include:

  • The archaeology of the Chilterns
  • St James' burial ground
  • Hillingdon's hidden history
  • Doddershall
  • Coleshill built heritage
  • Curzon Street
  • Innovations in archaeology
  • Uncovering the landscapes of HS2
  • Find out more about the Festival of Archaeology and the events we are holding

    We will also be holding our fourth weekend of open days at our Field Museum at St Mary's Church in Stoke Mandeville on Saturday 24 July and Sunday 25 July.

    Inside a specially constructed tent the size of a football pitch, archaeologists working on our behalf are currently excavating the remains of the former parish church of St. Mary the Virgin. This is a once in a generation opportunity to excavate the ruins of a medieval church and churchyard. Inside the museum you can ascend the viewing platform for a bird’s eye view of ongoing excavations, as well as displays, films and finds to explore the history of St. Mary’s Church and the amazing archaeological discoveries in the surrounding area.

    We’d love to welcome you onto site to explore this fascinating excavation, where you can learn about life and death in Stoke Mandeville over more than 800 years.

    Tickets are available to book from 10am on Tuesday July 13 and booking will close at 5pm on Thursday July 22 .

    Visit our event our events page to view details and book your tickets

    Detailed joining instructions including our Health and Safety statement will be sent to all registered attendees closer to the time.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 12th July 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Free HS2 event - Building HS2’s West Midlands Stations – Part 4: Building Bridges – Connecting Interchange Station

    When the future HS2 Interchange Station is operational, four new highways bridges will connect the current road network to new routes we are creating as part of the station site. The first two new highway bridges were safely installed in 2020 over the M42 and the A452 and A446, by our enabling works contractor, LM, in collaboration with Highways England .

    The next instalment of our Building HS2’s West Midlands Stations series looks at LM’s construction methodology, the challenges faced by the construction team and Highways England in installing the bridges over some of the UKs busiest roads, and how they achieved the bridge installations ahead of schedule.

    The webinar will take place on:

  • Wednesday 21st of July from 12:00pm until 13:15pm .
  • You will be able to ask the team from HS2, LM and Highways England questions via a live Q&A chat.

    Register online for this free event

    We will be publishing a video recording of the session online, so if you are unable to attend the event, you will still be able to learn about what we are doing through a dedicated playlist on the HS2 YouTube channel.

    This is the fourth in a series of webinars focussing on Building HS2’s West Midlands Stations. The next webinar will be held in early autumn. Please keep an eye on our events pages at hs2.org.uk/events for more details.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 7th July 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 Notification: Temporary 24-hour traffic lights on a short section of the A452 extended to Friday 9 July 2021

    Last month, we informed you that we would install temporary 24-hour traffic lights on a short section of the A452 from Monday 28 June to Tuesday 6 July. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, these traffic lights will now be installed on the A452 until Friday 9 July.

    These traffic measures will be carried out in conjunction with a new direction of travel for road users around Northway Island, which commenced on Monday 24 May .

    The map below outlines the location of the extended temporary traffic lights.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 7th July 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 announces new landmark as 700,000 trees planted and over 100 new habitats thriving on Phase One of the project

    As part of our extensive environmental programme, our contractors have now planted 700,000 trees and created over 100 wildlife sites along the route between the West Midlands and London .

    The wildlife sites represent a mix of different habitat types, including grassland, woodland, scrub and ponds, and are already havens for wildlife including birds, bats, barn owls, badgers, great crested newts, butterflies and dragonflies.

    Alongside our environmental contractors, we have designed tailored ecology plans that provide habitats for local wildlife and protected species including new badger setts, bat houses, bird boxes, reptile banks and bug houses, along with wildflower seeding, aquatic habitat creation and the reintroduction of native flora to help local wildlife populations thrive.

    Up to 7 million trees will eventually be planted alongside the line from the West Midlands to London and we will leave behind more than 33 square kilometres of new woodland, wildlife and river habitats - the equivalent of 23 new Hyde Parks lining the spine of the country.

    In addition, our Woodland Fund has also allocated over £1.2m as part of a grant scheme managed by the Forestry Commission, with 213,000 trees already planted including 92 hectares of new woodland creation and 52 hectares of ancient woodland restoration. For example, a project at Avon Wood in Warwickshire has created a diverse new 11-hectare woodland within three miles of the new railway. More than 18,000 new trees have been planted there, with 30% of the woodland being oak, with the rest mainly made up of hornbeam, alder, beech, lime, holly and birch.

    We are continuing to progress with potential new schemes to be supported through the Woodland Fund, which could eventually support an additional 440 hectares of new native woodland creation as well as the restoration of 245 hectares of existing ancient woodland sites. Every habitat site is designed specifically to support local biodiversity, to link up existing wildlife habitats and create ecological networks which help to protect, maintain and enhance biodiversity and allow species to move through the landscape.

    Examples of new habitats sites include:

  • In Warwickshire , Finham Brook was previously a short-grazed field with no flowers and very few invertebrates. Since 2018, our contractor Keystone Environmental has planted over 6,000 trees, created four new ponds and a new 35 metre reptile basking bank. The ponds are already being used by great crested newts, skylarks, barn owls, badgers, and dragonflies and butterflies.
  • At South Cubbington Wood , also in Warwickshire, environmental contractor Five Rivers Environmental Contracting have planted 60,000 trees, along with species-rich grasslands. They have created seven new ponds designed for newts to breed in, as well as attracting other wildlife such as frogs, swallows, swifts and badgers. Like many of HS2’s new habitat sites, Cubbington has public rights of way, so local people are able to enjoy the habitats that have been created.
  • At Bernwood in Buckinghamshire , an ecologically and historically valuable area includes a network of ancient woodlands that are home to a range of wildlife, including rare and important species like Bechstein’s Bat and the Black Hairstreak butterfly. Our extensive tree planting has linked existing woodlands to create new bat flightlines away from the railway corridor, and several green bridges will maintain connectivity across the railway and between habitats.
  • In the Colne Valley , we have revealed ambitious plans to create one of the largest areas of chalk grassland on the edge of the Chilterns. The site will receive a continuous supply of chalk from the nearby tunnelling underneath the Chilterns Hills until 2024, helping to establish over 127 hectares of new chalk grassland, woodland, wood pasture and wetland habitats. Field trials are currently in preparation ahead of final seeding, and planting of trees and shrubs in 2025.
  • If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 6th July 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 Notification: Changes to traffic rerouting around Northway Island from Monday 19 July to late August 2021

    We are remodelling and improving sections of the existing road network in the area and creating new routes on HS2 land. These road improvements will ensure that when the future station is operational, the local road network is fit for purpose. Upon completion, a new T-junction will replace Northway Island. A new ‘longabout’ is already in operation outside the Holiday Inn Express NEC, on the way to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC).

    To date, we have connected parts of the existing road network to some of the new routes we have created, and installed new pedestrian footpaths, kerb lines and central reservations in the area. We started the creation of the new T-junction in April 2021 . This programme will continue with some changes to the existing traffic rerouting around Northway Island which commenced on Monday 24 May .

    From Monday 19 July to late August 2021, two short sections of Northway Island will be closed. Depending on your direction of travel, road users will no longer be able to travel around the whole of the Island and you may be redirected from Northway Island, along the A452 or B4438, and back.

    You will still be able to access all routes, there will just be a short diversion from some parts of Northway Island. Direction of travel along the B4438, A452 and Northway will be unaffected.

    A new direction of travel around Northway Island will be installed following this phase of our programme. We’ll inform you of any changes to the direction of travel around Northway Island before they take effect.

    You can view the works notification, including a map, here .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 1st July 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    River Cole Viaducts and Chattle Hill Structure: Discover more about our designs at online information event and complete questionnaires

    We are developing our plans for the River Cole Viaducts and the Chattle Hill Structure, both of which are Key Design Elements (KDEs) of the new railway in Warwickshire. We are holding an online information event or 'webinar' to share our plans with the community, have produced virtual exhibition boards and are asking for your views in an online questionnaire.

    River Cole Viaducts

    The section of the HS2 route where the River Cole viaducts are located is known as the Delta Junction. The Delta Junction is a triangular section of line where the HS2 route curves west towards Birmingham and runs north towards Crewe and beyond. It is located within the Cole Valley Landscape Character Area.

    Chattle Hill Structure

    The Chattle Hill Structure will allow the HS2 main line to cross over the A446 Lichfield Road, letting vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians pass underneath. A continuous noise barrier will be provided along the east of the track to reduce noise levels for local residents.

    Give us your views

    Before construction starts, we are seeking your views on some specific details of the two strcutures, including:

  • Our approach when constructing the structures
  • Landscape and ecology aspects in the surrounding areas
  • We would like you to tell us what you think about our proposals for the River Cole Viaducts and the Chattle Hill Structure.

    We will be holding an online information event or 'webinar' to discuss our plans for the River Cole Viaducts and the Chattle Hill Strcuture on Thursday 8 July, from 6.30-8pm .

    Please register to attend the online information event Please fill in the online River Cole Viaducts questionnaire Please fill in the online Chattle Hill Structure questionnaire

    The closing date for the questionnaire is Wednesday 28 July 2021.

    What happens next?

    We will carefully consider your views as part of our ongoing design process for the River Cole Viaducts and the Chattle Hill Strcuture.

    Our feedback will be published on the HS2 community website: www.hs2inwarwickshire.co.uk

    We will also share what we’ve learned with the local planning authority and Warwickshire County Council to help them assess our final designs once we have submitted them for their approval later this year.

    What are Key Design Elements (KDEs)?

    KDEs are structures along the route of the new railway that have been recognised to be important. This could be due to their size, proximity to stakeholders or their location within sensitive areas. The design for the viaduct has been developed with consideration for technical and structural requirements, as well as the impact on its surroundings.

    What is a viaduct?

    A viaduct is a type of bridge, made up of multiple spans and connecting two points of terrain. On this project they will carry the high speed railway across valleys, rivers, roads and flood plains. Modern high speed trains travel at around four times the speed of Victorian trains so they require a flatter, straighter track, passing over and under the natural landscape. Modern viaducts have to cope with large longitudinal forces due to the braking and traction of high speed trains. They require stiff and strong supports, known as piers, to transfer the braking load forces from the train, which can be as much as a 770 tonnes load, to the foundations.

    For more information about HS2 please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 30th June 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Birmingham and Fazeley Canal Viaduct: Discover more about our designs at online information event and complete questionnaire

    The Birmingham and Fazeley Canal Viaduct Key Design Element (KDE) is a significant structure which will be located about 1.1 miles west of Lea Marston and is just north of Junction 9 of the M42 Motorway.The viaduct will cross over the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal after crossing the M42 Motorway to the south via the HS2 M42 'Marston Box' structure.

    We would like you to tell us what you think about our proposals for the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal Viaduct, your current experience of the canal and how you would like to use it in the future. There may also be an opportunity to make use of the space next to the viaduct pier (one of the supports) along the towpath of the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal and we would appreciate your views on this.

    Give us your views

    The importance of those who use the canal, including local walkers, will be integral to the context and design of this structure and we recognise the impact this new feature will have along this route. We want it to respect its surroundings and the local area and to help us develop the design of the viaduct, we are seeking to understand how best to use the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal and the wider area. This includes considering:

  • How you currently use the canal
  • How you may want to use the spaces in and around this location in future
  • How this section of canal fits into your wider journey
  • We will be holding an online information event or 'webinar' to discuss our plans for the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal Viaduct on Tuesday 6 July, 12-1.15pm .

    Please register to attend the online information event Please complete the online questionnaire What are Key Design Elements (KDEs)?

    KDEs are structures along the route of the new railway that have been recognised to be important. This could be due to their size, proximity to stakeholders or their location within sensitive areas. The design for the viaduct has been developed with consideration for technical and structural requirements, as well as the impact on its surroundings.

    What is a viaduct?

    A viaduct is a type of bridge, made up of multiple spans and connecting two points of terrain. On this project they will carry the high speed railway across valleys, rivers, roads and flood plains. Modern high speed trains travel at around four times the speed of Victorian trains so they require a flatter, straighter track, passing over and under the natural landscape. Modern viaducts have to cope with large longitudinal forces due to the braking and traction of high speed trains. They require stiff and strong supports, known as piers, to transfer the braking load forces from the train, which can be as much as a 770 tonnes load, to the foundations.

    For more information about HS2 please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 30th June 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Temporary traffic measures in the Interchange area in June and July 2021 including lane closures and 24-hour traffic lights at various locations

    As part of our preparation works for future construction of the HS2 Interchange Station and railway route, we are undertaking roadside vegetation clearance and environmental surveys, and remodelling and improving sections of the existing road network in the area . To safely carry out our works, we will install traffic measures when necessary.

    Last month , we informed you that we would install temporary 24-hour traffic lights on a short section of the A452 from Monday 24 May for one week. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, this work was postponed. We will now install these temporary 24-hour traffic lights on a short section of the A452 from Monday 28 June to Tuesday 6 July.

    Subject to obtaining the relevant consents, we will also install the following traffic measures in July:

    • Temporary lane closures from 9.30am to 3.30pm each weekday, between Thursday 8 July to Friday 16 July, along a short section of the A446 northbound near Northway Island

    • Temporary, phased lane closures from 9.30am to 3.30pm each weekday between Monday 12 July to Thursday 15 July, and Monday 19 July to Tuesday 20 July, along sections of the A446, A452 and A45 near Stonebridge Island

    These traffic measures will be carried out in conjunction with a new direction of travel for road users around Northway Island, which commenced on Monday 24 May .

    You can view the works notification, including a map, here .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 25th June 2021

    by HS2

    Please remember to join our mailing list to be kept informed about HS2 in your area

    As part of our ongoing pledge to keeping communities informed about the planning and delivery of the HS2 project, we are introducing a number of improvements to how we share information with you .

    This is a reminder that we're moving your local website within the HS2 website

    This summer we will be moving the contents of this website over to the 'In your area' section of the main HS2 website. We are also changing the way that we issue email updates about the project and giving you more choice about how you would like to receive information from us.

    We have published local community landing pages for each section of the route between London, the West Midlands and Crewe. These provide information about the HS2 route within each area. Over the coming weeks we will be adding further pages and information to each area.

    We are aiming to complete this exercise next month (July) and will write to you again to confirm this nearer the time.

    Join the HS2 mailing list to continue to receive updates from HS2 about the project

    We will no longer be using this website or Commonplace to issue email updates to you. Instead, we are asking that you sign up to receive information from HS2 directly. We will continue to produce regular updates about the project, including notifications of our upcoming works, how it’s being constructed and what we’re doing to make it less disruptive.

    If you would like to continue to receive updates from HS2 you can sign up for email notifications at engagement.hs2.org.uk/join-mailing-list . We will ask you to confirm your email address as part of the sign-up process.

    The personal information you provide will be handled in accordance with current data protection legislation and only used for the purposes for which you have provided it.

    Find out more about what we will do to keep your information safe in our Personal information charter .

    Contact us if you have any questions

    If you have any questions about these changes or would like some help signing up to receive email updates from us please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team, available all day, every day on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 25th June 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Only one week to go: Cast your vote to name HS2 Tunnel Boring Machine in Warwickshire

    There is just one week to go before voting closes in the national competition to name our third Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM), which will dig a one-mile twin bore tunnel under Long Itchington Wood in Warwickshire. Visit www.hs2.org.uk/tbmvoting to cast your vote by June 30 .

    Long Itchington Wood Tunnel north portal site

    More than 180 entries submitted by people in Warwickshire, asked to nominate the names of women closely associated with the county, were whittled down to a shortlist of three. The three candidates are:

    Anne - named after Anne Hathaway, who was the wife of the country’s most famous playwright William Shakespeare. She was born in 1556 and her childhood home nearby in Stratford-upon-Avon was bought by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in 1892 and turned into a museum. Anne was suggested by a Nuneaton resident.

    Dorothy - named after Dorothy Hodgkin, who in 1964 became the first British woman to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Her discoveries included confirming the structure of penicillin, and her work with insulin paved the way for it to be used on a large scale for treatment of diabetes. She died in 1994 in Shipston-on-Stour in Warwickshire. Dorothy was suggested by a student at Warwickshire College Group.

    Mary Ann - named after Mary Ann Evans, better known by her pen name George Eliot, who was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. She was born in Nuneaton and her novels, most famously 'Middlemarch', are celebrated for their realism and psychological insights. A North Leamington School pupil suggested Mary Ann.

    Please vote for your favourite name

    We are planning to reveal the winning name later this year.

    The Long Itchington Wood TBM will begin tunnelling later this year. Operated by our main works contractor Balfour Beatty Vinci (BBV), the 2,000-tonne machine will take around five months to complete the first bore of two parallel tunnels. The Long Itchington Wood tunnel means that the ancient woodland above the tunnelling works will not be disturbed and the final section will be a ‘green tunnel' with a soil ‘roof’ built around the tunnel entrance to blend the portal into the natural landscape.

    This is the third TBM put to a public naming vote. Our first two machines, Florence and Cecilia, are already tunnelling under the Chilterns and were named after famous local Buckinghamshire women: Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, spent many years living in the county, while Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, a pioneering astronomer and astrophysicist, was born in Buckinghamshire.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 23rd June 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Temporary closure of Welsh Road, Offchurch

    LMJV, working on behalf of HS2, is due to temporarily close and divert Welsh Road (between Long Itchington Road and B4455 Fosse Way), 24/7 from Wednesday 30 June until late August. This timeframe is subject to consents – any changes will be published here.

    This closure is needed to safely build a new utility corridor, involving an open trench on the road, which is expected to take around 8 weeks to finish.

    A signed diversion will be in place, following Long Itchington Road and B4455 Fosse Way.

    Posted on 15th June 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 launches national vote to name Warwickshire Tunnel Boring Machine

    We have today launched a national vote to name our third Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) which is set to create a one-mile twin bore tunnel under Long Itchington Wood in Warwickshire .

    Long Itchington Wood Tunnel north portal site aerial view

    Three names have been shortlisted from over 180 entries submitted by people in Warwickshire, who were asked to nominate the names of women closely associated with the county. The vote is now open, with the online competition running until the end of June . The names are:

    Anne - named after Anne Hathaway, who was the wife of the country’s most famous playwright William Shakespeare. She was born in 1556 and her childhood home nearby in Stratford-upon-Avon was bought by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in 1892 and turned into a museum. Anne was suggested by a Nuneaton resident.

    Dorothy - named after Dorothy Hodgkin, who in 1964 became the first British woman to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Her discoveries included confirming the structure of penicillin, and her work with insulin paved the way for it to be used on a large scale for treatment of diabetes. She died in 1994 in Shipston-on-Stour in Warwickshire. Dorothy was suggested by a student at Warwickshire College Group.

    Mary Ann - named after Mary Ann Evans, better known by her pen name George Eliot, who was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. She was born in Nuneaton and her novels, most famously 'Middlemarch', are celebrated for their realism and psychological insights. A North Leamington School pupil suggested Mary Ann.

    Please vote for your favourite name

    The Long Itchington Wood TBM will begin tunnelling later this year and be operated by our main works contractor for the West Midlands, Balfour Beatty Vinci (BBV). The 2,000-tonne TBM, manufactured in Germany by Herrenknecht, will be around 10 metres wide and will take about five months to complete the first bore of two parallel tunnels.

    The Long Itchington Wood tunnel avoids disrupting the ancient woodland located above the tunnelling works. Once the first bore is complete, the TBM will be extracted at the South Portal before being transported by road back to the North Portal to commence the second bore. The final section will become a ‘green tunnel’ - also known as a cut and cover tunnel - where a soil ‘roof’ is built around the tunnel entrance to integrate the portal into the natural landscape.

    This is the third of our TBMs that will be put to a public vote to name it, with the first two machines already tunnelling under the Chilterns. They were named after two famous local Buckinghamshire women: Florence Nightingale - the founder of modern nursing who spent many years living in Buckinghamshire; and pioneering astronomer and astrophysicist, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, who was born in Buckinghamshire.

    The national vote will close at the end of June, with the winner expected to be announced later in the summer.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 9th June 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Join our mailing list to continue receiving email updates about HS2 in your area

    This is a reminder that as part of our ongoing commitment to keeping communities informed about the planning and delivery of the HS2 project, we will be introducing a number of improvements to the ways in which we share information with you .

    We’re moving your local website within the HS2 website

    This summer we will be moving the contents of this website over to the 'In your area' section of the main HS2 website. We are also changing the way that we issue email updates about the project and giving you more choice about how you would like to receive information from us.

    We have published local community landing pages for each section of the route between London, the West Midlands and Crewe. These provide information about the HS2 route within each area. Over the coming weeks we will be adding further pages and information to each area.

    We are aiming to complete this exercise in July this year and will write to you to confirm this closer to the time.

    We’re asking you to sign up for notifications to continue to receive updates from HS2

    We will no longer be using this website or Commonplace to issue email updates to you. Instead, we are asking that you sign up to receive information from HS2 directly. We will continue to produce regular updates about the project, including notifications of our upcoming works, how it’s being constructed and what we’re doing to make it less disruptive.

    If you would like to continue to receive updates from HS2 you can sign up for email notifications at engagement.hs2.org.uk/join-mailing-list . We will ask you to confirm your email address as part of the sign-up process.

    The personal information you provide will be handled in accordance with current data protection legislation and only used for the purposes for which you have provided it.

    Find out more about what we will do to keep your information safe in our Personal information charter .

    Contact us if you have any questions

    If you have any questions about these changes or would like some help signing up to receive email updates from us please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team, available all day, every day on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 9th June 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 launches Interchange Station construction contract opportunity

    We have today launched the search for a construction contractor to build Interchange Station. Bidders are asked to put themselves forward for the £370m contract which could support up to 1,000 jobs at the peak of construction, as part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs.

    Interchange Station will be one of the best connected stations on the new high speed network in the Midlands, and is set to pave the way for huge growth plans around the site being led by the Urban Growth Company that will support 30,000 jobs, up to 3,000 new homes and 70,000m2 of commercial space.

    These will form part of the UK Central Hub area plans for 70,000 jobs, 5,000 new homes and 650,000m2 of commercial space, generating £6.2bn GVA per year and bringing 1.3m people to within a 45-minute public transport commute of the station.

    It is the first railway station globally to achieve the BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ certification at the design stage – a measure of sustainability for new and refurbished buildings – putting it in the top 1% of buildings in the UK for eco-friendly credentials. This recognises the station’s eco-friendly features, including maximising natural daylight and ventilation, a roof design which can capture and reuse rainwater, and features to enable net zero carbon emissions from day-to-day energy consumption. Energy efficient technology will also be incorporated, such as air source heat pumps and LED lighting.

    The construction site for the station covers an area of 150 hectares, and is located within a triangle of land formed by the M42, A45 and A452. Work so far has included construction of modular bridges over the M42 and A446, and remodelling of the road network in the area to facilitate access to the new station.

    There will be up to five trains per hour passing through the brand new station in both directions, with an estimated total of 175,000 seats per day, making this one of the best connected transport interchanges in the country and a new gateway to the UK.

    The tender shortlist for the contract will be announced later this year and the contract awarded in 2022.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 7th June 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 Notification: Public Rights of Way update, Wormleighton & Priors Hardwick, June 2021

    As we progress our works to build the railway, we will need to close and divert some footpaths in the areas around Wormleighton and Priors Hardwick in order to support the construction of our internal haul road and the HS2 rail line.

    This summer we will begin excavating and moving earth with large items of construction plant and these works will cross the network of footpaths between Wormleighton and Priors Hardwick. Once our construction is near completion, these footpaths will re-open and will cross the HS2 rail line using a green overbridge and an underpass.

    For more information please see our notification https://www.hs2.org.uk/work-items/public-rights-of-way-update-wormleighton-priors-hardwick/

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 4th June 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Update on the re-opening of A425 Leamington Road, Southam

    As part of our works to safely excavate a 15-metre-deep trench and construct the 'cut-and-cover' section of the Long Itchington Wood Tunnel, we closed a section of the A425 Leamington Road near Southam in October 2020.

    The work has been delivered by HS2’s main works contractor for the area, Balfour Beatty Vinci (BBV). A significant amount of progress has been made at the site, enabling the road to be re-opened this Summer as originally planned. Our target is to re-open the A425 by early August, subject to the receipt of necessary consents, and we will confirm a specific re-opening date in July.

    BBV will continue to work in the area and during 2022 will create a temporary diversion road around the site of the Long Itchington Wood tunnel south portal. The diversion road will allow BBV to complete the construction of the remainder of the “cut and cover” section of the tunnel that will sit under the A425.

    To find out more about the re-opening of the road and the future work, please register for our webinar on 15 June from 18.00 to 20.00. During this online engagement event we will be available to answer your questions and provide a background to the planned re-opening of the A425 Leamington Road. Registration details for the webinar will be published here shortly.

    Other HS2 related highway impacts in the vicinity of the A425

    There will be other HS2 related highway works close to the A425. These include:

    Closure of Welsh Road – 5 and 6 June 2021

    LM will be closing Welsh Road from 08.00 on Saturday 5 June until 17.00 on Sunday 6 June. The reason for the closures is to create a safe working zone whilst we carry out resurfacing works, remove some fencing and move a road sign around the access point at the HS2 compound.

    Access will still be maintained for households and businesses along the road. All works are subject to consent, site and weather conditions. Dates may also be subject to change. Please register at hs2inwarwickshire.co.uk to receive updates about works in your area and for up-to-date traffic information go to one.network . Further information on upcoming HS2 highway related works in the vicinity of the A425 will be published here.

    HS2 Helpdesk

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434, by Minicom 08081 456 472, or HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 28th May 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    We’re making improvements to your local community website

    As part of our ongoing commitment to keeping communities informed about the planning and delivery of the HS2 project we are introducing a number of improvements to the ways in which we share information with you.

    We’re moving your local website within the HS2 website

    This summer we will be moving the contents of this website over to the 'In your area' section of the main HS2 website. We are also changing the way that we issue email updates about the project and giving you more choice about how you would like to receive information from us.

    These changes will help to

  • provide you with quicker access to key documents and information about the HS2 project, and
  • make it is easier for you to be kept informed about our works and activities in your local area.
  • We have published local community landing pages for each section of the route between London, the West Midlands and Crewe. These provide information about the HS2 route within each area. Over the coming weeks we will be adding further pages and information to each area.

    Once we have moved all of the key pages and information from this website onto the HS2 website later this summer, we will stop updating this website. Visitors to this website will be signposted to the new pages within HS2.org.uk

    At this point, we will stop publishing updates to this website and you will no longer receive email notifications from this website.

    We are aiming to complete this exercise in July this year and will write to you to confirm this closer to the time.

    We’re making changes to the way we share updates with you by email

    In addition to moving the local website we are also taking this opportunity to improve our mailing lists and create greater flexibility around how you receive information from us.

    We will no longer be using this website or Commonplace to issue email updates to you. Instead, we are asking that you sign up to receive information from HS2 directly. We will continue to produce regular updates about the project, including notifications of our upcoming works, how it’s being constructed and what we’re doing to make it less disruptive.

    If you would like to continue to receive updates from HS2 you can sign up for email notifications at engagement.hs2.org.uk/join-mailing-list . We will ask you to confirm your email address as part of the sign-up process.

    Once we have moved across all of the pages and information from this website over to the HS2 website we will stop issuing emails from this website. Instead, you will receive emails directly from us about the parts of the project that you’ve expressed an interest in.

    The personal information you provide will be handled in accordance with current data protection legislation and only used for the purposes for which you have provided it.

    Find out more about what we will do to keep your information safe on our Personal information charter .

    Contact us if you have any questions

    If you have any questions about these changes or would like some help signing up to receive email updates from us please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team, available all day, every day on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.

    Posted on 27th May 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Notice of Utility Works off Coleshill Road, Water Orton June-November 2021

    In order to construct the proposed embankments associated with the main HS2 tracks at Coleshill Road, Western Power Distribution (WPD) will need to divert an existing high voltage cable circuit from Lea Marston to Kitts Green.

    The works will begin 14 June 2021 and are expected to last until November 2021 and the works will consist of excavation and installation of high voltage cables.

    Posted on 27th May 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 work notification: virtual one to one meetings in your area

    We are holding virtual one to one sessions to enable you to find out more about HS2 works in your area.

    You can book individual or group meetings of up to 3 people with our engagement team, who are available to answer your questions about the HS2 works in your area directly. These can be anything from questions around the HS2 construction that’s happening in your area to finding out more information about available community funding and job opportunities.

    Book your one to one appointment by clicking on the following links below:

  • Greatworth to Southam - 1 June 3 -7pm
  • For more information about HS2 please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.ukFor more information about HS2 please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 20th May 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 Notification: Postponement of temporary 24-hour traffic lights on a short section of the A452 from Monday 24 May 2021

    On Tuesday 11 May , we informed you that we would install temporary 24-hour traffic lights on a short section of the A452 from Monday 24 May for one week.

    However, due to unforeseen circumstances outside of our control, these traffic lights will no longer be installed on Monday 24 May. The changes to the re-routing around Northway Island also outlined in the notification will go ahead as planned.

    We’ll inform you of the revised dates for the temporary traffic lights in due course.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 20th May 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 Notification: Temporary lane closures along sections of the A452 northbound and A446 southbound near Northway Island from Wednesday 2 June to Friday 4 June 2021, and temporary overnight lane closures on the M42 from Monday 7 June to Friday 11 June 2021

    Temporary lane closures along sections of the A452 northbound and A446 southbound near Northway Island from Wednesday 2 June to Friday 4 June 2021

    Subject to obtaining the relevant consents, from Wednesday 2 June to Thursday 4 June, 9.30am to 3.30pm each day, temporary lane closures will be installed along sections of the A452 northbound and A446 southbound near Northway Island. We are carrying out these traffic measures to allow safe access to our work sites to prepare for future construction works, which includes roadside vegetation clearance .

    Our works start date and duration may change because our works are dependent on the relevant consents being granted, which may affect when we carry out our planned traffic measures. We’ll inform you of any changes to these planned traffic measures before they take effect, if required, at: www.hs2insolihull.co.uk

    These traffic measures will be carried out in conjunction with a new direction of travel for road users around Northway Island, which will commence on Monday 24 May.

    You can view the works notification, including a map, here .

    Temporary overnight lane closures on the M42 from Monday 7 June to Friday 11 June 2021

    When the future HS2 Interchange Station is operational, four new highways bridges will connect the current road network to new routes we are creating. The first of these new highways bridges was safely installed in August 2020 over the M42 . This year, we’ll carry out various activities to fully reinstate the motorway’s assets such as streetlighting.

    To carry out this work safely, we’ll install temporary, overnight lane closures along sections of the M42, between junctions 6 and 7, from 10pm to 5am between Monday 7 June and Friday 11 June inclusive. This will include hard shoulder closures along this section of the M42 northbound and southbound.

    Our contractors may be on site up to an hour before and after these times to set up and close down the site.

    You can view the works notification, including a map, here .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 19th May 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Updated Notification of Utility Works off Faraday Avenue, Hams Hall

    In order to construct the railway, it is necessary to remove an old underground cable and install a new one. This work will be entirely within farmland in the Hams Hall area.

    The works began on 04/08/2020 and are expected to last until 31/08/2021. The works will be alongside Faraday Avenue, but no traffic management measures are needed.

    The works will mainly be in a construction area that will have no impact on the local community; however there will be an access off Faraday Avenue, the position of which will be indicated by temporary signage.

    The normal working hours for this will be Monday to Friday 7am to 7pm and Saturdays 7am to 1pm. Our contractors may also be on site for surveys and security checks outside of these hours.

    Posted on 14th May 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Historic moment as first HS2 giant tunnelling machine launched

    We have today announced the launch of ‘Florence’ – the first of 10 HS2 Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) that will dig 64 miles of tunnel on Phase One of the UK’s new high speed railway. ‘Florence’ was launched from our South Portal site next to the M25 in Hertfordshire, at an event attended by HS2 Minister Andrew Stephenson .

    Florence, at 2,000 tonnes and 170m-long – the largest ever used on a UK rail project – will dig 10 miles of tunnel under the Chilterns, operating 24/7 for the next three years. Designed specifically for the mix of chalk and flints under the Chilterns, Florence and her identical TBM 'Cecilia'will dig separate tunnels for north and southbound trains. Each machine operates as a self-contained underground factory - digging the tunnel, lining it with concrete wall segments and grouting them into place at a speed of around 15 metres a day. Each tunnel will require 56,000 precision engineered, fibre-reinforced segments – which will all be made on site.

    A crew of 17 people will operate each TBM, working in shifts to keep the machines running 24/7. They will be supported by over 100 people on the surface, managing the logistics and maintaining the smooth progress of the tunnelling operation. Chalk excavated from the tunnels will be used for landscaping at the south portal site once construction is complete, creating wildlife-rich chalk grassland habitats across 127 hectares of the southern Chiltern hills. Find out more about HS2's tunnelling programme .

    Named after nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale – a name suggested by local children due to her residence at nearby Claydon House in Buckinghamshire, and chosen in a public vote – the TBM will dig the first of a pair of 10 mile long tunnels under the Chiltern hills and help to safeguard the woodland and wildlife habitats above ground, before emerging near Hyde Heath. A second machine ‘Cecilia’ will launch next month to excavate the second tunnel at the South Portal site.

    Built by Herrenknecht, a world leader in TBM manufacturing, at its factory in south-west Germany, the two 170m long machines were transported to the UK in more than 300 separate shipments last year , before being reassembled, tested and commissioned by an expert team of tunnelling engineers at the Chiltern tunnel south portal site, near the M25 to the north-west of London.

    The first two TBMs will be operated by main works contractor, Align – a joint venture formed of three international infrastructure companies: Bouygues Travaux Publics, Sir Robert McAlpine, and VolkerFitzpatrick. Align is recruiting 1,200 personnel in total, including 100 apprentices, to work on this area of the project and are targeting their recruitment and investment in upskilling local people who are currently unemployed, with a particular focus on women, the under 25s and those with disabilities, helping us support the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs to protect, support and create employment during the COVID-19 crisis.

    More than 16,000 jobs and over 500 apprenticeships are already being supported by the project, which is set to transform transport links between Britain’s major cities, free up space on the rail network for more freight and local services and support the UK’s transition to net zero carbon emissions.

    The names of the two TBMs were suggested by students at Meadow High School in Hillingdon and The Chalfonts Community College, Buckinghamshire, which are close to the tunnel launch site. They were inspired by Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern medicine, and pioneering astronomer and astrophysicist, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin.

    Some facts and figures about the Chiltern tunnel TBMs :

  • The tunnels will go as deep as 80m below the ground – ensuring communities and countryside above are not impacted by the railway
  • The cutter head will rotate at a speed of up to 3.2rpm with the machine expected to cover 15.6 metres per day.
  • When they start they will run almost non-stop 24 hours a day for 3.5 years
  • They will convert the spoil into slurry which will be pumped back to the south portal site where it will be treated before being used for landscaping on-site, removing the need for additional HGVs on local roads.
  • The total volume excavated by both TBM is 2.7million cubic metres
  • Useful links
  • Website: Visit our tunnelling pages on the HS2 website
  • Video: What is a tunnel boring machine?
  • If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 13th May 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Virtual community drop-ins for the Castle Bromwich, Coleshill and Water Orton areas

    We would like to invite you to sign up to our virtual community drop-ins for the Castle Bromwich, Coleshill and Water Orton areas .

    Our surgery-style virtual drop-ins are an opportunity for you to find out more about HS2, what it means for the local area and have your questions answered.

    You can book a 20-minute slot to talk with the team from HS2 and our contractors LM, and BBV.

  • Sign up here to the Castle Bromwich area virtual community drop-in, June 10th 10am – 1pm
  • Sign up here to the Coleshill area virtual community drop-in, June 11th 10am – 1pm
  • Sign up here to the Water Orton area virtual community drop-in, June 18th 10am – 1pm
  • If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 12th May 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 Notification: Changes to traffic rerouting around Northway Island from Monday 24 May 2021

    We are remodelling and improving sections of the existing road network in the area and creating new routes on HS2 land. These road improvements will ensure that when the future station is operational, the local road network is fit for purpose. Upon completion, a new T-junction will replace Northway Island. A new ‘longabout’ is already in operation outside the Holiday Inn Express NEC, on the way to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC).

    To date, we have connected parts of the existing road network to some of the new routes we created, and installed new pedestrian footpaths, kerb lines and central reservations in the area. We started the creation of the new T-junction in April. This programme will continue with some changes to the existing traffic rerouting around Northway Island which commenced on Monday 26 April .

    From Monday 24 May, one of the short sections of Northway Island that was closed on Monday 26 April will reopen, whilst the other section remains closed. Depending on your direction of travel, road users will no longer be able to travel around the whole of the Island and you may be redirected from Northway Island, along the B4438, and back.

    You will still be able to access all routes, there will just be a short diversion from some parts of Northway Island. Direction of travel along the B4438, A452 and Northway will be unaffected.

    These traffic measures will be reviewed around July 2021. We’ll keep you informed of any changes to the direction of travel around Northway Island before they take effect.

    In conjunction with the traffic measures outlined above, we will also install temporary 24-hour traffic lights on a short section of the A452 from Monday 24 May for one week.

    We will maintain access to all buildings, businesses and travel routes in the area during this programme.

    You can view the works notification, including a map, here .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 11th May 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    New look HS2 online educational resources focus on STEM stars of the future

    Our dedicated education pages on the HS2 website have undergone a major redesign, with a collection of new resources to help teachers bring a careers context to curriculum learning with the aim of inspiring young people to take an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects and careers .

    Teachers are able to find relevant resources much more easily through the introduction of a filter function, there are new resources available with supporting videos and also a workshop delivery guide with activities tailored to pupils ranging from the ages of 5 all the way up to 18.

    View the new look educational resources pages - download guides, lesson plans, videos and worksheets

    The fresh look of the educational resources follows on from the introduction earlier this year of a suite of curriculum-linked projects designed to help teachers and parents home schooling during the Covid-19 pandemic when we were unable to deliver our regular programme of STEM workshops and schools were less able to take students 'off-curriculum' for career-themed activities during lockdown.

    Created by our Skills, Employment and Education team, the resource pages include plans for STEM lessons which teachers can use to introduce a careers context to regular curriculum lessons. Activities take around 1-2 hours to complete and include using maths skills to work out how to construct a bridge across a motorway, researching the ecology of great created newts to create new habitats and using archaeological information to interpret the history of a site. Pupils also have the opportunity to design a new product to improve the customer experience when travelling by train and use their science skills to create an environmental improvement plan for their school.

    We have also included a delivery guide for teachers who would like to run a STEM inspiration day in their school. This includes videos, teacher notes, presentations and worksheets for activities where students can develop their skills through hands-on and team build challenges to inspire them to become EPIC (Extraordinary People Initiating Change) engineers. Students develop their STEM powers, exploring the essential skills that are needed to be successful in a STEM career. Activities are underpinned by examples from the world of work, with students finding out about careers in transport infrastructure as they take on different roles in the challenges.

    Activities include 'Stations of the Future': a team-based design-and-present activity where students compete to design a futuristic train station considering future trends and the needs of all customers and also tunnel building, where students design, construct and test a supporting structure for a cut and cover tunnel.

    We have also introduced STEM projects accredited by the British Science Association, which, when completed, can be entered for a CREST Award. These are longer projects aimed at inspiring pupils to become scientists and engineers that encourage students to carry out independent research or investigation. The target age and duration of the projects vary.

    The updated online resources also include activities adapted for students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) to encourage them to think about pursuing STEM careers. Downloadable lessons for SEND students include working in teams to design a train station, learning about ecosystems and building an insect hotel, and preparing for independent rail travel through role play.

    Younger students aged between 7-11 can also get involved in shorter activities ranging from making rail tracks from everyday materials, solving puzzles and planning a railway route.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 11th May 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Notice of Utility Works at Bascote Road, Bascote 11-15 May 2021

    The proposed work is to undertake modifications to the Western Power Distribution (WPD) network by excavating a small joint hole in the verge of Bascote Road.

    At the work location, Traffic Management, which will be traffic lights controlling a lane closure, will be in place and coordinated to make sure all appropriate lane closure to provide safety from traffic will be in place prior to the works starting. The traffic lights will be removed when work is not taking place.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 28th April 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Free HS2 event: Building HS2’s West Midlands stations, Part 3: BREEAM – HS2 West Midlands Stations Achieving a Lifetime of Sustainability

    We would like to invite you to join a free webinar focussing on the environmental sustainability of both Interchange and Curzon Street Station .

    Interchange Station

    Our brand new West Midlands stations will be amongst the most environmentally friendly buildings in the world once complete. During this free webinar you will hear from our environmental experts about what BREEAM is, the process for achieving an excellent or outstanding BREEAM rating and how we are designing Curzon St Station and Interchange Station to be amongst the world’s most environmentally sustainable stations.

    Birmingham Curzon Street Station

    The webinar will be broadcast live on Wednesday 12 May, from 12.00-13.15 and you will be able to ask the team questions via a live Q&A chat.

    Register online for this free event

    We will be publishing a video recording of the session online, so if you are unable to attend the event, you will still be able to learn about what we are doing through a dedicated playlist on the HS2 YouTube channel .

    This is the third in a series of webinars focussing on Building HS2’s West Midlands stations. The next webinar, Interchange Station- Building Bridges, will take place later this summer. Please visit our events pages for more details.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 22nd April 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Notice of STW Utility Survey Works off the Fosseway, Offchurch May 4-21 2021

    Severn Trent is currently assessing how the new railway will affect the water and sewer network. Severn Trent has a responsibility for delivering water and sewerage services to homes and businesses across the region and to ensure the impact of any work is kept to a minimum. In order to do that we need to do some survey work.

    The investigation work will mean that we need to dig in the area near the River Leam, off the B4455 Fosseway behind Fields Farm.

    Posted on 22nd April 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Notice of Utility Survey Works off Dalehouse Lane, Kenilworth

    Severn Trent is currently assessing how the new railway will affect the water and sewer network. Severn Trent has a responsibility for delivering water and sewerage services to homes and businesses across the region and to ensure the impact of any work is kept to a minimum. In order to do that we need to do some survey work.

    The investigation work will mean that we need to dig in the area off Dalehouse Lane.

    Posted on 21st April 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Notice of Utility Survey Works, Birmingham Rd, Coleshill May 2021

    Severn Trent is currently assessing how the new railway will affect the water and sewer network. Severn Trent has a responsibility for delivering water and sewerage services to homes and businesses across the region and to ensure the impact of any work is kept to a minimum. In order to do that we need to do some survey work.

    The i nvestigation work will mean that we need to dig in an area adjacent to Birmingham Road B46 1DP between 4th to 21st May.

    Posted on 21st April 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Final call for Warwickshire residents to name HS2’s Tunnel Boring Machine: Entries close on April 30th

    Last month we launched a competition for local residents to find a name for the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) that will start excavating under Long Itchington Wood in Warwickshire later this year.

    HS2 Long Itchington Wood Tunnel north portal site

    North Leamington School, Warwickshire College Group, The Coleshill School and Long Itchington Scout Group have already submitted names, along with Warwickshire County Council.

    Traditionally, tunnelling machines are always named after women and we are asking people in Warwickshire to help choose a name based on their female role models – whether famous people or unsung heroines. The 2,000-tonne machine will be operated by our main works contractor Balfour Beatty VINCI (BBV) and will create a one-mile twin bore tunnel under Long Itchington Wood.

    There is an online portal for Warwickshire residents to submit their chosen names and you are encouraged to choose people who have an association with Warwickshire and may include, for example, actresses, artists, scientists, engineers, authors, athletes and musicians. Names may also include the unsung heroines of Warwickshire, including individuals who deserve recognition for their contributions to the local community.

    Please submit names on the online competition portal by Friday, April 30th

    The competition portal will close on Friday 30 April, and a final shortlist of nominations will be selected and put to a public vote in May. The winner will be revealed this summer.

    This is the third of our tunnel boring machines put to a public vote to name, with the first two machines due to start creating the tunnel under the Chilterns this year. They were named after two famous local Buckinghamshire women: Florence Nightingale - the founder of modern nursing who spent many years living in Buckinghamshire; and pioneering astronomer and astrophysicist, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, who was born in Buckinghamshire.

    Tunnel Boring Machine to be used in Long Itchington Wood Tunnel 4

    The tunnel will preserve the ancient woodland, with the final section forming a ‘green tunnel’ - also known as a cut and cover tunnel - where a roof above will return the land to the natural landscape. Around 170 engineers are working on the TBM during its construction and assembly, and a team will then work around the clock excavating the one-mile tunnel.

    It will take five months to dig the first bore of the tunnel, and then it will be extracted at the south portal before being transported by road back to the north portal to commence the second bore.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 20th April 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 Notification: Traffic rerouting around Northway Island rescheduled to Monday 26 April for four weeks

    On Friday 9 April , we advised that traffic rerouting around Northway Island was scheduled to commence from 5am on Monday 12 April 2021 for two months. However, due to unforeseen circumstances outside of our control, this rerouting was postponed .

    Traffic rerouting around Northway Island will now commence from 5am on Monday 26 April for four weeks . During the next four weeks, short sections of Northway Island will be closed. As a result, road users will no longer be able to travel around the whole of the Island. Depending on your direction of travel, you may be redirected from Northway Island and back to access routes either side of the M42.

    Direction of travel along the B4438, A452 and Northway will be unaffected, and you will still be able to access all routes in the area.

    During this four week period, we will maintain free flowing traffic, as well as access to all buildings and businesses in the area.

    To safely carry out activities in preparation for traffic rerouting to commence on Monday 26 April, sections of the B4438 will also be closed from 12 midnight to 2am on Monday 26 April . A signed diversion route will be in place for drivers.

    You can view the works notification, including maps, here .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs

    Posted on 20th April 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 Notification: Postponement of traffic rerouting around Northway Island originally scheduled to commence on Monday 12 April 2021 and Temporary overnight single lane closures on the M42 from Monday 26 April to Saturday 8 May, and overnight road closures on the A452 and A446 on Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 April

    Postponement of traffic rerouting around Northway Island originally scheduled to commence on Monday 12 April 2021 for two months

    On Friday 9 April, we advised that traffic rerouting around Northway Island was scheduled to commence from 5am on Monday 12 April 2021 for two months. However, due to unforeseen circumstances outside of our control, this rerouting has been postponed .

    We’ll inform you of the revised dates in due course.

    In the meantime, single lane closures will be reinstalled on and around Northway Island.

    You can view the works notification showing the current area of single lane closures, including a map, here .

    Temporary overnight single lane closures on the M42 from Monday 26 April to Saturday 8 May, and overnight road closures on the A452 and A446 on Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 April

    When the future HS2 Interchange Station is operational, four new highways bridges will connect the current road network to new routes we are creating. The first of these new highways bridges was safely installed in August over the M42 , and the second was installed in October over the A446 . This year, we will carry out various activities to fully reinstate these roads such as sealant works.

    To carry out this work safely, we will install:

    • Temporary overnight single lane closures along the M42 from 10pm to 5am, between Monday 26 April and Saturday 8 May

    • Temporary overnight road closures along the A452 and A446 from 8pm to 6am, on Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 April

    Signed diversion routes will be in place for drivers during the overnight road closures. Our contractors may be on site up to an hour before and after these times to set up and close down the site.

    You can view the works notification, including a map, here .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 12th April 2021

    by HS2inWarwickshire

    Changes to traffic movements at Northway Island - Updated 9th April 2021

    HS2 Notification: From 5am on Monday 12 April 2021 for two months, traffic travelling around Northway Island will be rerouted

    We are remodelling and improving sections of the existing road network in the Interchange area and creating new routes on HS2 land. These road improvements will ensure that when the future HS2 Interchange Station is operational, the local road network is fit for purpose. Upon completion, a new T-junction will replace Northway Island, and a ‘longabout’ will also replace a smaller roundabout outside the Holiday Inn Express NEC, on the way to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC).

    To date, we have connected parts of the existing road network to some of the new routes we created, and installed new pedestrian footpaths, kerb lines and central reservations in the area. We are now progressing the creation of the new T-junction, and traffic travelling around Northway Island will be rerouted.

    From 5am on Monday 12 April for two months, short sections of Northway Island will be closed. As a result, road users will no longer be able to travel around the whole of the Island. Depending on your direction of travel, you may be redirected from Northway Island and back to access routes either side of the M42.

    Direction of travel along the B4438, A452 and Northway will be unaffected, and you will still be able to access all routes in the area.

    During this two month period, we will maintain free flowing traffic, as well as access to all buildings and businesses in the area.

    A signed diversion route will be in place for drivers.

    You can view the works notification, including a map, here.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.

    Posted on 7th April 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 notification: virtual one to one meetings in your area

    We are holding virtual one to one sessions to enable you to find out more about HS2 works in your area.

    You can book individual or group meetings of up to 3 people with our engagement team, who are available to answer your questions about the HS2 works in your area directly. These can be anything from questions around the HS2 construction that’s happening in your area to finding out more information about available community funding and job opportunities.

    Book your one to one appointment by clicking on the following links below:

  • Greatworth to Southam area - 20th April 3-7pm
  • For more information about HS2 please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 7th April 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Notice of ground investigations surveys – Attleboro Lane, Water Orton

    Preparations for main construction work on HS2 are now well underway. To continue with this work, we will be undertaking ground investigation surveys within various locations in land situated off Attleboro Lane, Water Orton. These surveys help us to understand more about the ground conditions where we want to build the railway. The surveys will involve taking soil samples and boring trial holes in different locations. To complete our survey works, we will transport drilling rigs to site by trailer. Drilling rigs will then be positioned on site and our workforce will travel to site every day by a 4x4 vehicle.

    Works are scheduled to start 19 April and will be working in the area for 4 weeks.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.

    Posted on 7th April 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Have your say on plans for the design and construction of the Oxford Canal Viaduct

    Today we have revealed the first images of our planned Oxford Canal Viaduct and are seeking views from the local community about the design of the viaduct between Banbury and Daventry.

    Set low in the landscape, three reinforced concrete spans will take the railway 60m across the canal, towpath and a country lane near the village of Wormleighton in Warwickshire. It is one of 15 viaducts and bridges across the central section of the HS2 route which is being designed by HS2’s main works contractor EKFB - a team made up of Eiffage, Kier, Ferrovial and Bam Nuttall - working with design partners Arcadis and architects Moxon.

    We would like your views on our design for the viaduct and the surrounding landscape, especially:

  • Which of our objectives are most important to you?
  • Which pier (the structures which support the viaduct) finish do you prefer?
  • What are your views on landscape design?
  • Explore the Oxford Canal Viaduct design in our virtual exhibition room

    Due to the Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic and in response to Government guidance on social distancing it is not possible to engage directly with community groups in the usual way.

    We have therefore created a virtual exhibition to share our design for the viaduct and to seek your feedback . Click on the image below to visit the virtual exhibition and explore the design proposals in detail.

    OxfordCanalVirtualRoom

  • View or download our Oxford Canal KDE virtual exhibition boards, March 2021
  • Please fill in our online survey to give us your views by April 30, 2021 Sign up to our online events to find out more

    We are also holding online information events or 'webinars' where our team will provide a presentation on how the design and construction works are developing and will be available to answer any questions you may have via a live Q&A.

    These online 'webinars' have been set up to give the local community the opportunity to hear from the team designing and building the railway in your area. The events are being held on two dates. Please select which date to you would like to attend when registering:

  • Thursday 8 April 12:00 to 13:00
  • Tuesday 13 April 18:00 to 19:00
  • What are Key Design Elements (KDEs)?

    KDEs are structures along the route of the new railway that have been recognised to be important. This could be due to their size, proximity to stakeholders or their location within sensitive areas. The design for the viaduct has been developed with consideration for technical and structural requirements, as well as the impact on its surroundings.

    What is a viaduct?

    A viaduct is a type of bridge, made up of multiple spans and connecting two points of terrain. On this project they will carry the high speed railway across valleys, rivers, roads and flood plains. Modern high speed trains travel at around four times the speed of Victorian trains so they require a flatter, straighter track, passing over and under the natural landscape. Modern viaducts have to cope with large longitudinal forces due to the braking and traction of high speed trains. They require stiff and strong supports, known as piers, to transfer the braking load forces from the train, which can be as much as a 770 tonnes load, to the foundations.

    For more information about HS2 please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 1st April 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Temporary traffic management on Welsh Road

    The dates have changed for these works. As part of the Fosse Way highway works, LM are installing utilities off Welsh Road close to the Fosse Way. To enable these works to be carried out safely we will need to install some temporary traffic management as follows:

    1 April– ‘Stop and Go’ to facilitate unloading and access to work area

    6 April – temporary traffic lights with a lane closure for utility connection works

    10 & 11 April – Daytime road closures for utility crossings

    Access will still be maintained for households and businesses along the road.

    More details including map are available here

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.

    Posted on 31st March 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 Notification: Temporary weekend closure on a short section of the B4438 rescheduled to Friday 9 April to Monday 12 April 2021

    On Thursday 11 March , we informed you that we would carry out a temporary weekend closure along a short section of the B4438 from 8pm on Friday 26 March to 5am on Monday 29 March.

    However, due to unforeseen circumstances outside of our control, this temporary weekend closure will now be carried out from:

    8pm on Friday 9 April to 5am on Monday 12 April

    Also, from 12 midnight to 2am on Monday 12 April, the closure extent and signed diversion route will change , as we work on a short section of Northway Island.

    Our contractors may be on site up to an hour before and after those times to set up and close down the site.

    Signed diversion routes will be in place for drivers during the weekend closure.

    You can view the updated works notification, including a map, here .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 30th March 2021

    by HS2inWarwickshire

    Notice of pipeline diversion works near Leicester Lane, Cubbington-commencement of main works

    To allow for the construction of the new railway and to continue to ensure a safe and reliable gas supply, Cadent will be moving an underground gas pipeline that runs near Leicester Lane, Cubbington. We expect to complete all our work by the end of 2021. We will keep local people up to date as our work progresses.

    We will shortly be finishing preparation activities and will be starting site set-up and main work to move the pipeline from 12 April 2021. The works involve:

    • Setting up a temporary compound on land between Leicester Lane and Coventry Road.

    • Installing fencing around our working area.

    • Digging a trench for the new pipeline. We will look to bore a tunnel to install the pipe underneath Leicester Lane, so we can avoid closing the road.

    • Welding the pipe together then installing it in the trench.

    • Connecting and testing the new pipe.

    There will be 24-hour security on site so we can maintain a safe working environment. Please note, there will be no on-site accommodation.

    The Public Right of Way between Leicester Lane and Coventry Road will remain open. So that we can carry out the work safely, we will be installing a fenced crossing where the footpath crosses our working area. Walkers will have priority, and signs will be in place to make people aware.

    Construction vehicles will use the accesses we’ve constructed off Leicester Lane to reach the site. Signs will be in place to make other road users aware. Standard construction vehicles and equipment will be used, and all work will take place inside usual working hours.

    Posted on 29th March 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Archaeology Online Event for 8-16 year olds

    Totally new to archaeology or the next Alice Roberts?

    Want to find out more about archaeology and what real archaeologists do?

    Aged 8-16 years old?

    No problem! Join the HS2 archaeologists online as they cover the basics, meet archaeologists and explore a huge dig at Coleshill, a town to the north east of Birmingham.

    Archaeologists have discovered artefacts and features showing thousands of years of occupation at Coleshill. These include the remains of a Bronze Age burnt mound, Iron Age roundhouses, Roman period field systems and a moated medieval manor house with Elizabethan gardens.

    In this free online session you can share what you already know about archaeology and ask questions as they chat through the different stages of the Coleshill dig, including discoveries from the site and what they tell us about how people lived during the different Ages and how the area has changed over thousands of years.

    The group size will be kept small (max 15), so that there is plenty of time to answer all your questions and hear your thoughts.

    When is it and how do I sign-up?

    When: Thursday 8th April, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm, with a 20 minute break

    Where: Online via Zoom Sign Up Here

    PLEASE NOTE:

    Parental consent is needed to register.

    Parents/guardians are responsible for supervising children during the session but should not appear on the screen for safeguarding purposes.

    This session is being led by Wessex Archaeology supported by LM, HS2 and the Council of British Archaeology.

    While you’re here…

    The Coleshill site is being excavated because it’s on the route of High Speed Two (HS2). The UK’s largest archaeology programme is taking place along this route and has unearthed exciting discoveries.

    We would love to know if you are interested in joining regular online sessions for 8 – 16 year olds, exploring the archaeology of HS2 or the archaeology of the Birmingham/Warwickshire area in general.

    Sounds good to you?

    If you are interested in joining regular online sessions, we recommend coming along to this session.

    If you are 18 or over and would like to be involved in supporting the running of the group contact engagement@wessexarch.co.uk.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.

    Posted on 24th March 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 Notification: Postponement of the temporary weekend closure on a short section of the B4438 in March 2021

    On Thursday 11 March , we informed you that we would carry out a temporary weekend closure along a short section of the B4438 from 8pm on Friday 26 March to 5am on Monday 29 March.

    However, due to unforeseen circumstances outside of our control, this temporary weekend closure has been postponed .

    We’ll inform you of the revised dates in due course.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 24th March 2021

    by HS2inWarwickshire

    Update on pipeline diversion works near Leicester Lane, Cubbington

    To allow for the construction of the new railway and to continue to ensure a safe and reliable gas supply, Cadent will be moving an underground gas pipeline that runs near Leicester Lane, Cubbington. We expect to complete all our work by the end of 2021.

    What are we doing?

    We started carrying out some preparation works on land either side of Leicester Lane on 8 March 2021. Due to reasons beyond our control, we have had to pause our work temporarily.

    We will be re-starting the work on 29 March. The works involve:

    • Removal of some vegetation on land north and south of Leicester Lane. Appropriate ecological surveys will be undertaken before any vegetation clearance. Our ecologist will be present throughout the activity to ensure there is no disruption to local wildlife.

    • Creating a site access either side of Leicester Lane. We will be using temporary traffic lights on a section of Leicester Lane so we can create our site access safely. Signs will be in place to make people aware.

    We will keep local people up to date as we progress to main diversion works.

    How will this affect you?

    To minimise disruption to local people over Easter weekend, we’ll be pausing work and removing the temporary traffic lights after finishing for the day on Thursday 1 April. We’ll then reinstall the traffic lights and resume work on Tuesday 6 April. We plan to complete our preparation works on Friday 9 April 2021.

    Standard vehicles and equipment will be used, and we do not anticipate the works causing significant disruption to local people.

    Posted on 23rd March 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Warwick Arts Centre's 20:20 project to benefit from £250,000 HS2 community funding award

    Warwick Arts Centre has been successful in its bid to our Community and Environment Fund (CEF) and has secured £250,000 towards its Warwick 20:20 project.

    Based within the main campus of the University of Warwick in Coventry, the project involves relocating the Mead Gallery and replacing the existing cinema with new state-of-the-art facilities. The upgraded venue will offer the opportunity for the public to engage with Warwick Arts Centre as a community hub for the arts in a range of ways, including volunteering, participating in programmes and projects and attending events.

    The grant will help transform the entrance and foyer and replace blockwork with large expanses of glass to create a light, engaging and welcoming space for visitors, creating a new three screen cinema where a diverse range of films can be shown, and also relocating the Mead Gallery from the first floor to the ground floor, improving visibility and accessibility.

    Accessibility will be enhanced through new accessible toilets, a gender neutral toilet and the installation of an evacuation lift. The building will also be environmentally sustainable, with the introduction of LED lighting, improved heat recovery and a connection to the district heat network, reducing carbon emissions.

    The new Arts Centre is a major statement of investment in the arts that will last for decades to come. Communities and audiences will be able to experience the works of contemporary international, national, regional and local artists through more than 2,500 individual events and performances each year.

    To celebrate the opening of Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture, this summer Warwick Arts Centre will be presenting some events to kick-start a year of big moments for the city. Social distancing measures will be in place and visitors will receive a warm welcome and the chance to experience some much-missed live theatre. In October 2021, the Centre will fully re-open, with a full programme of events, many rescheduled from last year, and continued City of Culture celebrations.

    Our Community and Business funds were launched in 2017 and have to date supported 23 projects in Warwickshire which have shared over £1.3million. Projects have ranged from community facilities upgrades, sports programmes, to programmes to provide transportation for people to access community and healthcare services.

    Community and Business Funds

    With construction of HS2 underway, applications for the funds are still being welcomed. Our Community and Environment Fund (CEF) and the Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF) for Phase One are worth £40 million. They give local communities and businesses disrupted by the construction of HS2 the opportunity to receive funding of up to £1 million for projects to improve their local area or support their local economy.

    The Funds for Phase One, independently administered by community charity Groundwork UK, support urban and rural, community, environmental and business projects. For more information on Groundwork and the funds, including how to apply, visit https://hs2funds.org.uk/ . You can also watch our short videos which explain how to best demonstrate that your project meets the criteria for the Community, Environment or Business Funds.

    If you have any questions about the Community and Business Funds, HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 22nd March 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    River diversion in Warwickshire avoided as a result of HS2 design refinements

    We have revealed revised designs of the railway in the Canley Brook area near Kenilworth in Warwickshire which will significantly reduce environmental impacts and avoid a major realignment of a local river, preserving the home of protected wildlife such as otters and bats .

    Artist's impression of Canley Brook structures

    The design changes, developed by our main works contractor Balfour Beatty Vinci (BBV) with their Design JV partners, mean that the railway will travel in a slightly shallower and longer cutting in this area. This means that a viaduct can be built over Canley Brook, so it will only need a small 80 metre diversion rather than the 700 metres in the original design.

    As a result, this will lead to significantly reduced environmental impacts, including around 600,000 cubic metres less material needing to be excavated and 28,000 cubic metres less concrete needed as a result of removing the retaining wall for the Canley Brook realignment. Less excavation and building work will also cut the amount of construction traffic on local roads, removing over 2,500 lorry movements, reducing noise and disruption for the local community.

    Local people will have an opportunity to find out more about the refinements at a forthcoming webinar led by BBV’s community engagement team, on Thursday 25th March, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm

    Please register for this free online information event

    Replacement of two kilometres of retaining walls with cutting slopes will also reduce the ‘barrier effect’ of the scheme for species and provide additional opportunities for new habitats and grassland for newts and reptiles. There are also plans for improved integrated landscape design. More vegetation will be preserved and the overall amount of land required will be reduced, meaning more land can be returned to agricultural use after construction.

    There are also plans to create a high-quality wetland habitat either side of the realigned section of Canley Brook, as well as additional woodland, hedgerow and species-rich grassland habitat on both sides of Crackley Road Cutting. This will benefit a range of protected and local species and contribute to our objective of achieving no net loss of biodiversity.

    Additional landscape bunds (raised earthwork structures) and noise barriers will be incorporated along the route for increased visual screening, better integration and to mitigate noise impacts.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 17th March 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Canley Brook design update: Free online event to outline alignment change

    We would like to invite you to a free online information event to outline the alignment change between Finham Brook and Crackley Wood Embankment.

    This 'webinar' is being held on Thursday 25th March 5:30pm to 7:00pm and will focus on how the changes affect the route through:

  • The Kenilworth Cutting
  • The Canley Brook Retaining Wall
  • Canley Brook Viaduct
  • Crackley Road Cutting
  • North Crackley Cutting
  • The event will also highlight the benefits of the design change and our team of experts will be available to answer any questions you may have during the session.

    Please register for this free online information event

    We will be running this session via Microsoft Teams Meetings, which is a free to use online platform.

    Please note registration closes 2 hours before each live event starts.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 16th March 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Temporary Closure Long Itchington Road East

    A section of Long Itchington Road East (also known as National Cycle Route 41) is due to be temporarily closed and diverted during LM’s working hours from Wednesday 17 March to Wednesday 24 March. Closures are needed to safely build a new access point and new road crossings, and finish utility work.

    Full details are available on the on the link below.

    https://www.hs2.org.uk/work-items/temporary-closure-long-itchington-road-east/

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.

    Posted on 16th March 2021

    by HS2 in warwickshire

    Stafford company Deep Soil Mixing uses recycling on a massive scale at HS2 site in the Midlands

    Stafford-based ground remediation contractor, Deep Soil Mixing used a sustainable soil mixing solution to geotechnically improve the ground at our site near Coleshill in Warwickshire, eliminating nearly 1,000 lorry movement from local roads.

    The work was carried out to allow access for construction equipment and stabilise the ground ahead of the installation of a new gas main pipe which needed to be relocated as part of our works.

    The company’s soil mixing technique prevents both the removal of material off site and the need for importing fill, which creates huge environmental benefits. The technique involves analysing small samples of soil in a laboratory to determine what the soil needs to be combined with to make it suitable for re-use. The mixing process is then carried out on the site, removing the need to take soil away and replace with new material.

    This method meant that nearly 1,000 lorry movements were not required to transport excavated material to landfill, and no need for clean hardcore material to be brought to site. The technique also resulted in improved cost efficiencies and a shortened construction programme.

    The project was completed in six months and included preliminary testing and site trials before work began on site. The testing was undertaken at the company’s in-house laboratory and mixing tests carried out on various soil/binder mixes as well as field trials to test the chosen binder in-situ, to ensure the right deep soil mixing solution was undertaken at the site.

    Deep Soil Mixing were working for Land and Marine Engineering Ltd (LME), contracted to ours enabling works contractor LM JV (Laing O'Rourke and J. Murphy & Sons). Works in this area are preparing for the railway to be built on a viaduct before it swings west through a tunnel and on towards the new station at Curzon Street in Birmingham.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 12th March 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    New interactive map lets you see when and where HS2 works are taking place in your area

    We have introduced a new, user-friendly interactive map to the HS2 website, making it easier and simpler for you to find out what current and upcoming works we are carrying out in your area .

    The new In your area map brings all of our work notifications together on one page, making it easier for you to navigate and ensure you are kept up-to-date on the work we are doing to deliver the new railway. There is also a text only view , which allows you to view the information in a table and filter results for each area.

    Each work item, highlighted on the map with a 'hard hat' icon, lets you know:

  • the location and planned duration of the works
  • which contractor is delivering it, and
  • what kind of activity they are doing, such as setting up a compound or an archaeological dig.
  • You can easily see any other works we might be doing nearby, also pinpointed with an icon.

    We will be introducing further improvements to the mapping tool and to this local website over the coming months. We will keep you informed of changes as they happen through our regular email notifications and our local engagement events and activities.

    We'd like your feedback

    We'd like to know what you think about the new mapping tool and ways that we can improve it, to ensure that you can easily find information about the delivery of the railway in your area and how to contact us if you have any questions.

    Let us know your views by completing our In your area map feedback survey .

    Contact us if you have any questions

    If you have any questions about the recent changes or would like some help using the new interactive map, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 12th March 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Invitation to Canley Brook design update

    We will be holding a free online information session to outline the alignment change between Finham Brook and Crackley Wood Embankment.

    This event is being held on:

    • Thursday 25th March 5:30pm to 7:00pm

    Please note registration closes 2 hours before each live event starts.

    The changes affects the route through:

    • The Kenilworth Cutting

    • The Canley Brook Retaining Wall

    • Canley Brook Viaduct

    • Crackley Road Cutting

    • North Crackley Cutting

    The event will highlight the benefits of the design change. Our team of experts will be available to answer any questions you may have during the event.

    We will be running this session via Microsoft Teams Meetings, which is a free to use online platform.

    Please register by follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hs2-bbv-canley-brook-design-update-webinar-tickets-143073074417

    Posted on 11th March 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 Notification: Temporary weekend closure on a short section of the B4438 from Friday 26 March to Monday 29 March 2021

    Temporary weekend closure on a short section of the B4438 from Friday 26 March to Monday 29 March 2021

    We are remodelling and improving sections of the existing road network in the area, and constructing new routes on HS2 land, which will connect to four new highway bridges. These road improvements will ensure that when the future HS2 Interchange Station is operational, the local road network is fit for purpose.

    As part of this programme, we will install a temporary, weekend road closure on a short section of the B4438 from 8pm on Friday 26 March, to 5am on Monday 29 March.

    Our contractors may be on site up to an hour before and after those times to set up and close down the site. A signed diversion route will be in place for drivers during the weekend closure. If work progresses faster than expected, we will reopen the B4438 earlier if possible.

    You can view the works notification, including a map, here .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 11th March 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    New notices for works Long Itchington and Welsh Road

    Temporary traffic management is in place on Long Itchington Road East for works taking place to create access and crossing points.

    More information is available on this notice .

    Temporary traffic management is in place to carry out works to the bellmouth access to the work site on Welsh Road.

    More information is available on this notice

    Posted on 8th March 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 Notification: Archaeological excavations, Lower Radbourne, April - August 2021

    As part of our works we have already undertaken archaeological trial trench works in the Lower Radbourne area.

    Along with the results from the earlier geophysical surveys we have identified three areas in close proximity to each other which will require further excavation to document the archaeology. These excavations will start early April and will continue until August 2021.

    For further information please see our notification

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 8th March 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Warwickshire residents, schools and community groups asked to name HS2’s Long Itchington Wood Tunnel Boring Machine

    We would like to invite local residents, schools and community groups in Warwickshire to take part in a competition to name the 2,000 tonne tunnel boring machine that will start to dig under Long Itchington Wood this summer.

    Tunnel Boring Machine to be used in Long Itchington Wood Tunnel 4

    Warwickshire County Council has started the ball rolling with the suggestion of famous local author George Eliot. North Leamington School, Warwickshire College Group, The Coleshill School and Long Itchington Scout Group have also already signed up to take part, and will benefit from a new skills programme aimed at introducing young people to careers in engineering, through virtual education sessions run by ourselves and our contractor BBV Joint Venture (Balfour Beatty Group and VINCI Construction).

    Following tradition, tunnel boring machines are always named after women, and we are asking people in the county to help choose a name based on their female role models – whether famous people or unsung heroines. Suggestions will be shortlisted in May and three finalists put to a national public vote, before a winner is announced in the summer.

    We have launched an online portal for Warwickshire residents to submit their chosen names and you are encouraged to choose people who have an association with Warwickshire and may include, for example, actresses, artists, scientists, engineers, authors, athletes and musicians. Names may also include the unsung heroines of Warwickshire, including individuals who deserve recognition for their contributions to the local community.

    Please submit names on the online competition portal

    The competition portal will remain open until the end of April, and a final shortlist of nominations will be selected and put to a public vote in May. The winner will be revealed during the launch of the Long Itchington Wood tunnel boring machine this summer.

    The 2,000 tonne tunnel boring machine will be operated by BBV and will create a one-mile twin bore tunnel under Long Itchington Wood. It will take five months to dig the first bore of the tunnel, and then it will be extracted at the south portal before being transported by road back to the north portal to commence the second bore.

    The tunnel will preserve the ancient woodland in this location, and the final section will form a ‘green tunnel’ - also known as a cut and cover tunnel - where a roof above will return the land to the natural landscape. We’ve already planted 80,000 trees in the Midlands, with an additional 47,000 planted this winter in Warwickshire as part of our green corridor programme that will deliver new woodlands, wildlife habitats and green spaces for people to enjoy.

    Around 170 engineers are working on the TBM during its construction and assembly, and a team will then work around the clock excavating the one-mile tunnel. This TBM, along with those soon to start digging under the Chilterns and, a little later in the year, underneath London, is a key element of our role in the Government’s commitment to Build Back Better.

    This is the third of our tunnel boring machines to be named by public vote. The first two machines, which are due to start creating the tunnel under the Chilterns, were named after famous local Buckinghamshire women: Florence Nightingale - the founder of modern nursing who spent many years living in Buckinghamshire; and pioneering astronomer and astrophysicist, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, who was born in Buckinghamshire.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 5th March 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Building HS2’s West Midlands Stations – Designing Curzon Street Station: Free online event

    We would like to invite you to the second in a series of webinars that we are running, focussing on building our West Midlands stations .

    Curzon Street Station will be at the heart of the high speed railway network and is the first intercity terminus station built in the UK since the 1900s. Located in Birmingham City Centre this landmark station will link to the local and national transport network, opening up areas for regeneration.

    During our free webinar you will hear from our design and planning experts about the process of designing our new Curzon Street Station, including what factors were considered during the design process and what challenges the team have overcome to achieve the award-winning eco-friendly design. You will also be able to ask the team questions via a live Q&A chat.

    The webinar will be broadcast live on Thursday 18 March, from 12.00-13.30pm .

    Please sign up and register for the Curzon Street Station webinar

    We will be publishing a video recording of the session online, so if you are unable to attend the event, you will still be able to learn about what we are doing through a dedicated playlist on the HS2 YouTube channel. Further joining instructions will be sent to all registered attendees closer to the time.

    Watch the first webinar in the Building HS2’s West Midlands Stations series – Designing Interchange Station .

    The next webinar will be 'Midlands Stations – Achieving a Sustainable Lifetime Through Design'. Please subscribe to www.hs2inBirmingham.co.uk to be kept informed about this and future sessions, or visit www.hs2.org.uk/events for details of all upcoming events.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 5th March 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 Notification: Temporary overnight single lane closures on the M42 from Monday 15 March to Saturday 27 March, and temporary overnight road closures on the A452 and A446 from Monday 15 March to Wednesday 17 March 2021

    When the future HS2 Interchange Station is operational, four new highways bridges will connect the current road network to new routes we are creating. The first of these new highways bridges was safely installed in August over the M42 , and the second was installed in October over the A446 . This year, we will carry out various activities to fully reinstate these roads such as street lighting connections.

    To carry out this work safely, we will install:

    • Temporary overnight single lane closures along the M42 southbound from 10pm to 5am, between Monday 15 March and Saturday 27 March (the hard shoulder along the closure will also be closed)

    • Temporary overnight road closures along the A452 and A446 from 8pm to 6am, on Monday 15, Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 March

    Signed diversion routes will be in place for drivers during the overnight road closures. Our contractors may be on site up to an hour before and after these times to set up and close down the site.

    You can view the works notification, including a map, here .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 1st March 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 Notification: Notice of ecological woodland planting, Windmill Hill, February - Spring 2021

    As part of our works we will be planting at the Windmill site, off Ladbroke Lane. The planting will comprise of hedgerow and woodland planting as well as boundary fencing.

    Works will commence late February until Spring 2021.

    For further information please see our notification .

    If you have any questions about the Community and Business Funds, HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.

    Posted on 26th February 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Be the voice of your community on the Construction Commissioner Steering Group – applications open for Local Community Representatives

    We are delighted to announce that from today (Monday, February 22), applications are now open for residents across Phase One and Phase 2a of the HS2 route to become Local Community Representatives .

    As part of the Construction Commissioner Steering Group (CCSG), you will represent your community, share and communicate a range of experiences and perspectives as Britain’s new high-speed railway is built, and also help to monitor the performance of the Independent Construction Commissioner (ICC).

    We are seeking to recruit a number of Local Community Representatives to sit on the CCSG, which is independent of HS2 and the Department for Transport. The Group meets three to four times a year, in either Birmingham or London (when attending physical meetings) and also virtually.

    For more details about these exciting opportunities and how to apply, please click on the links below. If you have any questions about the CCSG or about becoming a Local Community Representative, you can also contact: community@hs2.org.uk

    Applications close on Friday, March 26, 2021 .

  • Local Community Representatives Role Profile
  • Local Community Representatives Application Form
  • Local Community Representatives Application Guidance
  • Local Community Representatives Conflict of Interests Form
  • If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 22nd February 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Long Itchington Wood utilities – Bascote Road closure

    We sincerely apologise for the late notice, however, we are writing to advise that our enabling works contractor needs to undertake some urgent works to repair a manufacturing fault within a cable joint on Bascote Road as part of the TBM utility works.

    This means that Bascote Road will need to be closed from Friday 12 February for 5 days between the Welsh Road junction and the A425 (notification). Access will still be maintained for households and businesses along the road and a clearly signposted diversion will be in place. All traffic management will be lifted once works are complete.

    We would like to thank you for your understanding and patience during these works. The works notification can be found here .

    Posted on 11th February 2021

    by HS2

    HS2 Notification: Rescheduling of temporary overnight road closures and 24-hour lane closures on the A452 and A446, Monday 8 February to Tuesday 16 February 2021 and Temporary weekend closure on a short section of the A452 rescheduled to Friday 19 February – Monday 22 February 2021

    HS2 Notification: Rescheduling of temporary overnight road closures and 24-hour lane closures on the A452 and A446 from Monday 8 February to Tuesday 16 February 2021

    When the future HS2 Interchange Station is operational, four new highways bridges will connect the current road network to new routes we are creating. The first of these new highways bridges was safely installed in August over the M42 , and the second was installed in October over the A446 . This year, we will carry out various activities to fully reinstate these roads, such as drainage connections.

    On Monday 25 January , we informed you that we were planning to install a combination of temporary, overnight road closures and 24-hour single lane closures along the A452 and A446 from Monday 8 February to Tuesday 16 February.

    However, due to adverse weather conditions forecast throughout this week, we will reschedule parts of this closure programme. The following traffic measures will no longer take place:

    • Temporary, overnight road closures along the A452 and A446 from 8pm on Tuesday 9 February to 6am on Wednesday 10 February, and from 8pm on Thursday 11 February to 6am on Friday 12 February

    We’ll inform you of the revised dates in due course.

    The following traffic measures will proceed as planned:

    • Temporary, overnight road closure along the A446 northbound and southbound from 8pm on Wednesday 10 February to 6am on Thursday 11 February

    • Temporary, overnight road closures along the A452 and A446 from 8pm on Monday 15 February to 6am on Tuesday 16 February

    • 24-hour single lane closures along the A446 from Monday 8 February to Monday 15 February

    • 24-hour single lane closures along the A452 from Monday 8 February to Monday 15 February

    You can view the original works notification , including a map, here.

    HS2 Notification: Temporary weekend closure on a short section of the A452 rescheduled to Friday 19 February – Monday 22 February 2021

    On Friday 15 January , we informed you that we would carry out a temporary weekend closure along a short section of the A452 from 8pm on Friday 12 February, to 5am on Monday 15 February.

    However, due to events outside of our control, this temporary weekend closure will now be carried out on the following dates:

    • From 8pm on Friday 19 February to 5am on Monday 22 February

    Our contractors may be on site up to an hour before and after those times to set up and close down the site. If work progresses faster than expected, we will reopen the A452 earlier if possible.

    A signed diversion route will be in place for drivers throughout the closure.

    You can view the updated works notification , including a map, here.

    If you have any questions about the Community and Business Funds, HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 9th February 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Off Peak Daytime Closure on Red Lane

    LM has applied to temporarily close a section of Red Lane for a few hours during the day on Friday 12 February to finalise a crossing for the Kenilworth Greenway diversion.

    We had planned to do this work under temporary traffic lights, but after discussing with local authorities, we’ve proposed a closure to carry out more work, speed up our construction programme and reduce overall impacts on Red Lane.

    Please find more details on the notification on our works in your area page here

    Posted on 8th February 2021

    by Hs2 in Warwickshire

    Update to traffic management around Harbury

    Further to our update from Friday 5 February we can confirm that works were completed on the section of the B4452 road between the A425 and Butt Lane and the road subsequently reopened to the public.

    Unfortunately we need to continue working on the B4452 section between Butt Lane to Station road and we are in discussions with Warwickshire County Council. Works in this section are due to be completed by close of business Tuesday night 9 February. Following the completion of this works, and the reopening of this second section of road, our teams will move on to the next section, which is the B4451 between Deppers Bridge and Lakin drive. Works in this section are planned to be completed on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 February.

    We are doing our utmost to complete these works as quickly as possible and hope that current wintery weather conditions don’t have a negative impact on our planned activities. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding as we continue to update you on our progress.

    Access will still be maintained for households and businesses along both routes and a clearly signposted diversion will be in place. We will also ensure that all road signage reflects approved changes.

    All works may be subject site and weather conditions. Dates are also subject to change.

    Posted on 8th February 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Changes to traffic management around Harbury

    We sincerely apologise for issues resulting from road closures relating to the power supply for the HS2 Long Itchington Wood tunnel boring machine and the resulting impact on the local communities. We acknowledge that, in this instance, we have fallen short in providing advance warning of the decision to work on two roads at the same time.

    However, we are working hard to get the B4452 between the A425 and Butt Lane back open for the local community.

    Following our recent notification Ref: HS2-EW-LM-Ph1-Ar-No-N1-Traf-18-01/11/2021, on the works in our area page here , we notified the community of remedial works that need to be carried along the B4452 and B4451 between Ufton and Bishops Itchington.

    Upon starting these works, we found further issues. This meant that our anticipated closure dates had to be adapted and resulted in us having to close the B4452 between the A425 and Butt Lane and the B4452 between Butt Lane and Deppers bridge concurrently for a short period of time.

    The additional works has meant that the dates for subsequent road closures has changed and are now as follows:

    - Ongoing to 7 February - Deppers Bridge B4452 closed between Butt Lane and Station Road.

    - 8 to 10 February - Station Road B4451 closed between Deppers Bridge and Lakin Drive.

    These works may be subject to further change

    Access will still be maintained for households and businesses along both routes and a clearly signposted diversion will be in place. We will also ensure that all road signage reflects approved changes.

    All works may be subject site and weather conditions. Dates are also subject to change.

    Posted on 5th February 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 Notification: Temporary single lane closures on and around Biddles Loop from Monday 15 February 2021 for two weeks

    We are currently preparing as much of the future HS2 railway route as possible to ensure that main construction work can commence on time in the Interchange area. Our activities include some vegetation and tree clearance. To conduct this safely, we need to install temporary single lane closures in the Interchange area. You can find out more information about sustainable high speed travel here .

    Subject to obtaining the relevant consents, we’ll install temporary single lane closures on and around Biddles Loop from Monday 15 February for two weeks. Our working hours will be 9.30am 3.30pm, Monday to Friday. Our contractors may be on site up to an hour before and after those times to set up and close down the site.

    You will still be able to travel along all routes in both directions.

    Our works start date and duration may change because our works are dependent on the relevant consents being granted, which may affect when we carry out our planned traffic measures.

    These traffic measures will be carried out in conjunction with existing 24-hour single lane closures on and around Northway Island. These works were communicated in December 2020 .

    You can view the works notification, including a map, here .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 3rd February 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    New  jobs board showcases opportunities to work on HS2 

    We have launched our brand-new jobs site to promote the estimated 20,000 roles that Phase One of the project is creating in the months and years ahead, the first time all opportunities to work directly on HS2 have been available to search in one place.

    This follows the Prime Minister's announcement of the 22,000 job opportunities available on the high speed rail project, when officially starting construction in September 2020. The initiative has the backing of the Department for Work and Pensions and a Memorandum of Understanding, which sets out the agreed roles and responsibilities of HS2 Ltd and its job brokerage partners, is in place between the two organisations.

    The new digital platform, hosted on the HS2 website  , offers those looking for work or a change of career, the opportunity to search the very latest vacancies with our construction partners and station contractors delivering the London to Birmingham section of the railway. The jobs board allows prospective candidates to search for vacancies by region or specialism, so they can quickly identify opportunities that match their criteria. 

    In September 2020, our four main works contractors and two station construction partners estimated that they would create over 20,000 jobs to support the decade-long construction programme for Phase One of the project. The jobs board, highlighting opportunities to work with us within the  supply chain, makes it easier for jobseekers to navigate and find a position that matches their career aspirations.

    It has been developed as part of a job brokerage partnership model, bringing together local authorities, enterprise partnerships, charities and employment support services along the 140-mile route of the first phase of the new railway. Job brokerage partners will play an integral role in supporting individuals from local communities, disadvantaged and underrepresented groups into employment on the project, in line with objectives set out in our Skills, Employment and Education Strategy.

    We have already supported 13,000 jobs, including more than 400 new apprenticeship starts and over 550 previously unemployed individuals. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, we and our contractors also supported over 100 work experience placements to ensure that individuals are actively engaged with the programme and have the very best opportunity to capitalise on future career openings. 

    The start of main construction works last year was a catalyst for the project, spearheading £12bn of contract opportunities which British businesses are beginning to bid for.  As our tier one contractors begin procuring suppliers and services required to deliver their work packages, the number of job opportunities will increase. This heightened demand has created new career pathways and long-term career prospects for individuals at all levels, in both blue and white-collar roles.

    Please click here for more information about HS2’s job brokerage programme, or to search for vacancies on the new job platform .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 1st February 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 works in Warwickshire during February - new and updated notifications

    HS2 have added new notifications advising of new and extended works in Warwickshire. Please see the links below to the notifications which will give more details and maps of the work locations.

    North Warwickshire

    Extension to traffic management on Kingsbury Road - notification here

    Stoneleigh

    Overnight lane and slip road closures on A46 during February - more information here

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 29th January 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 Notification: Temporary weekend closure on a short section of the B4438 rescheduled to Friday 5 February - Monday 8 February 2021

    We are remodelling and improving sections of the existing road network in the area, and constructing new routes on HS2 land, which will connect to four new highway bridges. These road improvements will ensure that when the future HS2 Interchange Station is operational, the local road network is fit for purpose .

    On Friday 15 January , we informed you that we would carry out a temporary weekend closure along a short section of the B4438 from 8pm on Friday 29 January, to 5am on Monday 1 February.

    However, due to adverse weather conditions forecast for this weekend, this temporary weekend closure will now be carried out on the following dates:

  • From 8pm on Friday 5 February, to 5am on Monday 8 February
  • Our contractors may be on site up to an hour before and after those times to set up and close down the site. If work progresses faster than expected, we will reopen the B4438 earlier if possible.

    A signed diversion route will be in place for drivers throughout the closure.

    Please view an updated works notification, including a map .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 29th January 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Free online webinar: Building HS2’s West Midlands Stations – Part 1: Designing Interchange Station

    We would like to invite you to join a free webinar focusing on the design of Interchange Station on Wednesday, 10 February, from 12-1.15pm.

    The HS2 Interchange Station, to be built near to the NEC and Birmingham Airport in Solihull, will be the best-connected place in the UK by rail, road and air with customers able to reach London Euston in just 38 minutes.

    During this free webinar you will hear from our design and planning experts about the process of designing the new Interchange Station, including what factors were considered during the design process and what challenges the team have overcome to achieve the award-winning design. You will also be able to ask the team questions via a live Q&A chat.

    Please register here for this free event

    We will be publishing a video recording of the session online, so if you are unable to attend the event, you will still be able to learn about what we are doing through a dedicated playlist on the HS2 YouTube channel .

    This is the first in a series of webinars we will be running, highlighting the building of our West Midlands stations. The next webinar, Designing Curzon Street Station, will take place in March. Please visit www.hs2.org.uk/events for details of all upcoming events.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 27th January 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Home learning activities for the high-speed railway builders of the future

    With many parents supporting children who are learning at home during the current time, we have developed a range of interesting curriculum-linked projects to work on at home. These include shorter activities ideal for families supporting younger children with learning at home and pre-planned lessons that secondary school teachers could set students as part of their curriculum learning.

    The online resources were created as a result of us being unable to visit schools to deliver our regular programme of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) workshops because of Covid-19 restrictions and also schools being less able to take students 'off-curriculum' for career-themed activities due to the disruption caused by the pandemic.

    Our Skills, Employment and Education team has created plans for STEM lessons which teachers can use to introduce a careers context to regular curriculum lessons. The activities are expected to take 1-2 hours to complete and are aimed primarily at 11-14 year-olds. Lessons include using maths skills to decide on how to construct a bridge across a motorway, researching the ecology of great created newts to create new habitats and using archaeological information to interpret the history of a site. There are also longer STEM projects and workshops available online, where students can develop their skills through hands-on and team build challenges to inspire them to become EPIC engineers.

    During the past year, five HS2 colleagues have become Enterprise Advisors for schools for students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Our work with these schools revealed a demand for STEM activities adapted for SEND students, to encourage them to consider STEM careers. Online lessons for SEND students include working in teams to design a train station, learning about ecosystems and building an insect hotel, and preparing for independent rail travel through role play.

    Younger students aged between 7-11 can also get involved in shorter activities ranging from making rail tracks from everyday materials, solving puzzles and planning a railway route.

    For more information and to download guides and worksheets, visit our learning from home educational content web page .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 26th January 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Signup to our webinar to find out more about the new designs revealed for the Water Orton Viaducts

    Following public consultation, we've revealed new designs for two viaducts near the village of Water Orton in Warwickshire, including new landscaped areas that will provide green public spaces and wildlife habitats.

    In Spring 2020, we asked local people for their views on the design of the Water Orton viaducts, and much of the feedback focused on improving the landscape around the structure of the railway. Suggestions included creating a green space for the village which could provide a recreational area and an observation spot to view wildlife, as well as a pathway for walking and cycling.

    As a result, our landscape architects and engineers from Systra and Mott MacDonald working closely with architects Weston Williamson + Partners have developed new plans for a more connected and accessible area that will include tree planting and new wildlife habitats with an opportunity, subject to local interest, for a community orchard or area of allotments.

    To find out more about the viaducts, including the latest designs, view our Water Orton Viaducts Design information Booklet, January 2021 .

    Signup to our webinar here to find out more about the latest designs

    This webinar has been set up to give residents the opportunity to hear and ask questions about:

  • the design for the Water Orton viaducts
  • landscape design and ecology within the area of the viaducts
  • Our team will provide a presentation on the Water Orton viaducts and will be available to answer any questions you may have during the event.

    If you have a question about HS2 or the Water Orton Viaducts, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 26th January 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 Notification: Temporary overnight road closures and 24-hour lane closures on the A452 and A446 from Monday 8 February to Tuesday 16 February 2021

    When the future HS2 Interchange Station is operational, four new highways bridges will connect the current road network to new routes we are creating. The first of these new highways bridges was safely installed in August over the M42 , and the second was installed in October over the A446 . This year, we will carry out various activities to fully reinstate these roads, such as drainage connections.

    To carry out this work safely, we will install:

    • Temporary, overnight road closures along the A452 and A446 from 8pm to 6am, from Monday 8 February to Friday 12 February, and then from 8pm to 6am, from Monday 15 February to Tuesday 16 February

    • 24-hour single lane closures along the A446 from Monday 8 February to Wednesday 10 February

    • 24-hour single lane closures along the A452 from Monday 8 February to Monday 15 February

    Our contractors may be on site up to an hour before and after those times to set up and close down the site. Signed diversion routes will be in place for drivers during the overnight road closures.

    You can view the works notification, including a map, here .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 25th January 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Road closure Cromwell Lane, Burton Green (15 - 19 February)

    The work will we be doing

    BBV will be carrying out trial hole excavations in the existing verge of Cromwell Lane, Burton Green. This is to identify existing utility services, construct protection slabs over existing utility services and carry out ground condition surveys.

    When these works will take place

    Works are scheduled to start on Monday 15 February through to Friday 19 February. These works are subject to weather conditions.

    The road will be closed between 9.30am and 3.30pm each day, pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the closure.

    Further information can be found here .

    Posted on 25th January 2021

    by HS2

    Free online archaeology event to unearth the secrets of Coleshill's Medieval manor house

    The latest developments and discoveries at Coleshill in Warwickshire will be the focus of a free webinar this Thursday, 28 January, from 11.30am-12.15pm.

    We would like to invite you to join us and the team from Wessex Archaeology for this online event to find out about the latest developments on the ongoing excavations at Coleshill, focusing on the Medieval moated manor house and its ornamental Elizabethan gardens.

    This is the second instalment of our series on the Coleshill Manor site. The first webinar took place in November 2020 and is available to watch now: HS2 In Focus: Archaeology - Uncovering the Medieval manor house in Coleshill, November 2020 webinar

    Our team will discuss new finds, including artefacts, garden features and building remains and also highlight how these are helping us to build a greater picture of the manor house. You will be able to ask the team questions via a live Q&A chat option and pre-submit questions when you register.

    We also recommend that you watch our previous webinars on the Coleshill site, so that you are up to date on our work so far:

    The Archaeology of HS2: Uncovering the stories of Coleshill’s past

    HS2 InFocus Webinar: The Archaeology of HS2 - Uncovering Coleshill

    Please register here for this free event

    We will be publishing a video recording of the session online, so if you are unable to attend the event, you will still be able to learn about what has been unearthed so far through a dedicated playlist on the HS2 YouTube channel.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 25th January 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Emergency repair work Hob Lane, Burton Green

    LM needs to carry out essential repairs to a damaged chamber on Hob Lane in Burton Green. These works will require three-way temporary traffic lights with a lane closure to be installed on Hob Lane between 9:30am and 2:30pm. Works are planned to take place during week commencing 25 January for three days.

    You can view the works notification, including a map, here .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 20th January 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Weekend closures on short sections of the B4438 and A452 in early 2021

    We are remodelling and improving sections of the existing road network in the area, and constructing new routes on HS2 land, which will connect to four new highway bridges. These road improvements will ensure that when the future HS2 Interchange Station is operational, the local road network is fit for purpose.

    To enable us to connect parts of the existing road network safely and smoothly, to the new routes we create, a series of weekend road closures will be installed 2021 on and around Northway Island. Our first weekend closure to connect a new section of the remodelled road network near the Holiday Inn Express NEC along the B4438, was successfully completed in November 2020.

    We’ll carry out temporary weekend road closures on the following dates:

    • From 8pm on Friday 29 January, to 5am on Monday 1 February along a short section of the B4438

    • From 8pm on Friday 12 February, to 5am on Monday 15 February along a short section of the A452

    Our contractors may be on site up to an hour before and after those times to set up and close down the site. If work progresses faster than expected, we will reopen the roads earlier if possible.

    Signed diversion routes will be in place for drivers during both weekends.

    You can view the works notification, including a map, here.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 15th January 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Uncovering the Medieval manor house in Coleshill: Join the conversation at free online archaeology event

    We would like to invite you to join a free webinar focusing on the latest developments and ongoing excavations at Coleshill in Warwickshire on Thursday, 28 January from 11.30am-12.15pm.

    Our archaeology programme is continuing to unearth discoveries across our sites. Join us and the team from Wessex Archaeology for this online event to find out about the latest developments on the ongoing excavations at Coleshill, focusing on the Medieval moated manor house and its ornamental Elizabethan gardens.

    This is the second instalment of our series on the Coleshill Manor site. The first webinar took place in November 2020 and is available to watch now: HS2 In Focus: Archaeology - Uncovering the Medieval manor house in Coleshill, November 2020 webinar

    Our team will chat about some of the new discoveries on site, including artefacts, garden features and building remains and discuss how these new findings are helping us to build a greater picture of the manor house. You will be able to ask the team questions via a live Q&A chat option and pre-submit questions when you register.

    We also recommend that you watch our previous webinars on the Coleshill site, so that you are up to date on our work so far:

    The Archaeology of HS2: Uncovering the stories of Coleshill’s past

    HS2 InFocus Webinar: The Archaeology of HS2 - Uncovering Coleshill

    Please register here for this free event

    We will be publishing a video recording of the session online, so if you are unable to attend the event, you will still be able to learn about what has been unearthed so far through a dedicated playlist on the HS2 YouTube channel.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 14th January 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 set to reach 730,000 planted trees landmark by spring 2021

    Over 300,000 trees will be planted by our specialist ecology teams across the Phase One route during the winter months, taking the total number of trees planted between London and the Midlands to more than 730,000 by this spring .

    The planting initiative is part of our extensive Green Corridor programme, designed to create a network of bigger, better-connected, habitats and new green spaces for people to enjoy. 430,000 trees have already been planted across Phase One and up to 7 million trees will eventually be planted along this part of the route, with many new grasslands, meadows and recreational areas for local communities.

    This short video highlights progress so far in the delivery of the Green Corridor.

    In Warwickshire and the wider West Midlands , 60,000 trees will be planted at locations around South Cubbington Wood, Ashbeds Wood, Fulfen Wood, Ravenshaw and Broadwells Wood. A broad range of tree and shrub species will be planted to reflect each local area , including oak, hazel, birch, holly and hawthorn. This builds on the 80,000 trees already planted in the Midlands, with 40 ponds and many acres of wetland, heathland and meadow also created across the region.

    Through Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire , advanced planting and woodland compensation planting is being undertaken at West Hyde and Horn Hill, Wendover Dean, Aylesbury, Calvert and near the village of Ladbroke, by specialist ecology and landscape companies.

    In West Ruislip , planting will create new woodland areas to provide connected habitats for bats . Trees being planted include field maple, hornbeam, hazel, holly, bird cherry, mountain ash, yew and spindle. There will also be areas of grassland and ponds created to protect local biodiversity and create new homes for a mix of wildlife.

    These areas will quickly develop to create new opportunities for wildlife and people, bolstering local wildlife corridors by linking with existing woodlands and other habitats. New wildlife habitats in a variety of locations also include badger setts, bat houses, bird boxes, reptile banks and bug houses to help local wildlife populations thrive.

    Green Corridor prospectus and mapping tool

    We have developed a new online map showing where we are delivering Green Corridor activities and highlighting our additional funded environmental projects along the route. You can view relevant Community and Environment Fund (CEF) and Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF) projects, the Woodland Fund, other local panel funds, and our environmental works in your area.

    The Green Corridor Prospectus accompanies the map, outlining how the Green Corridor and associated funding can benefit communities. Used together, these tools will enable community and environment groups to identify local opportunities to enhance and enjoy the natural environment using the funds available.

    Funding is available for a wide range of independent environmental projects to benefit nature and communities along the route , including creating new parks and play facilities, investing in green spaces in urban areas, regenerating areas along canals, and conserving and enhancing the historic environment. By working in partnership with organisations and individuals, the Green Corridor will deliver a positive, long-term legacy for the natural and historic environment , and for people and communities across the country.

    On Phase One and Phase 2a, the £7m HS2 Woodland Fund is helping local landowners create new native, broadleaf woodlands and restore existing ancient woodland sites. The first £1.25m has been allocated as part of a grant scheme managed on our behalf by the Forestry Commission, supporting 28 woodland projects that will deliver approximately 105 hectares of new woodland and restore a further 68 hectares of ancient woodland.

    For more information about funding available and how local groups can apply please visit www.hs2.org.uk/building-hs2/hs2-green-corridor

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 11th January 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 works in North Warwickshire

    There are a number of HS2 related works starting over the coming weeks in the North Warwickshire area. Please follow the links for more information, including locations and maps.

    Works near Lea Marston

    Archaeology work near Coleshill

    Ground investigation work on Attleboro Lane , Water Orton

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 8th January 2021

    by HS2inWarwickshire

    HS2 Notification: Temporary 24-hour lane closures will be installed along the M42 from 8pm on Friday 15 January 2021 to 5am on Monday 18 January 2021

    When the future HS2 Interchange Station is operational, four new highways bridges will connect the current road network to new routes we are creating. The first of these new highways bridges was safely installed in August over the M42 , and the second was installed in October over the A446 . In 2021, we will carry out various activities to fully reinstate these roads such as drainage connections.

    To carry out this work safely, we’ll install temporary 24-hour lane closures along the M42 from 8pm on Friday 15 January 2021 to 5am on Monday 18 January 2021. Our contractors may be on site up to an hour before and after those times to set up and close down the site. Lane closure direction will alternate throughout the weekend, and the hard shoulder within the closure extents will also be closed.

    You will still be able to travel along all routes in both directions.

    You can view the works notification , including a map, here.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 4th January 2021

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 update: New community engagement public progress report, Green Corridor prospectus and construction forward looks published

    We have recently published some new documents which may be of interest to you. This is part of our commitment to keeping you informed about HS2 progress and construction activities in your area .

    Community engagement report: January to June 2020

    We have published the fifth public report that documents our progress towards being a good neighbour by putting engagement with communities at the heart of everything we do.

    This report covers the six-month period from January to June 2020, and draws on a number of case studies of activity during the first half of the year, along with currently available data such as from our Helpdesk, community funding awarded and the events we have held.

    View and download the Community Engagement Progress Report: January to June 2020 report. A collection of all our reports to date can be found on the HS2 website .

    We will continue to publish these reports on a regular basis.

    Green Corridor prospectus and mapping tool

    As part of our commitment to conserve and enhance Britain’s natural environment as we plan and build the railway, HS2 is creating a Green Corridor along the route, a network of joined up habitats, landscaping and community-based environmental projects.

    We have developed an online map showing where we are delivering Green Corridor activities and where additional HS2 funded environmental projects are being delivered along the route. You will be able to use the map to view relevant Community and Environment Fund (CEF) and Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF) projects, the Woodland Fund, other local panel funds, and HS2 environmental works in your area.

    We have also published a Green Corridor Prospectus to accompany the map. The prospectus outlines the many ways the Green Corridor and associated funding can benefit communities, for example, through the creation of new play facilities, investment in green spaces in urban areas, regeneration along canals, and conservation and enhancement of the historic environment.

    Used together the Prospectus and the online map will enable community and environment groups to identify local opportunities to enhance and enjoy the natural environment using the funds available.

    As you will know there are a number of grants available to support environmental projects and improve green spaces in your constituency, such as the HS2 Community & Environment Fund and the Woodland Fund. If you would like to know more about how local groups can apply for funding please visit www.hs2.org.uk/building-hs2/hs2-green-corridor .

    Construction activities in your area, Winter 2020

    We are committed to providing you with information about what construction activities will be happening in your area and when. Our construction forward looks include information on construction, environmental and survey activities planned over the next three months. The latest edition is available to view and download on the works in your area page .

    Please note that the dates and information included in the forward look may be subject to change as the programme develops and any changes will be updated in the next edition of the forward look.

    HS2 Helpdesk remains available all day, every day

    As a reminder, over the festive period the HS2 Helpdesk will continue to operate all day, every day , including Christmas Day and bank holidays. You can contact us for free on 08081 434 434, by Minicom on 08081 456 472, or by email at HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.

    Posted on 21st December 2020

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Notices of work in North Warwickshire during January 2021

    There will be a number of locations in North Warwickshire where works will begin in January 2021. Please see below for the links to the individual notifications.

    Notification of overnight lane closures on M42 between Junctions 9 and 10 - from 11th to 25th January 2021

    Notice of temporary traffic lights on B4118, Birmingham Rd, Water Orton during January 2021

    Notification of traffic management on Kingsbury Rd

    There will be lane and hard shoulder closures on the M6/M42 link roads to the south of Water Orton

    There will be hard shoulder closures on the link roads onto the M6 near Chelmsley Wood and South Coleshill

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 18th December 2020

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Update on the temporary diversion of the Kenilworth Greenway

    This update on the temporary diversion of the Kenilworth Greenway – overseen by the Laing O’Rourke and Murphy (LM) enabling works joint venture on behalf of High Speed Two (HS2) – provides information on work due to take place in January and February 2021.

    Traffic management update for temporary Greenway in Burton Green

    LM has now lifted all road closures in Burton Green. There won’t be any traffic management on roads over the Christmas/New Year break from 19 December to 3 January, as LM won’t be at work during this period.

    We’re expecting to need temporary traffic lights on Red Lane in January and potentially early February to create safe working zones while we finish the Red Lane crossing for the temporary Greenway.

    We also need to finish a small amount of work on Hob Lane, for which we may need temporary traffic lights for a few days during off peak times in January.

    To get the latest information about traffic management, visit the one.network website.

    Junction lights, crossings and street lighting

    The new streetlights in Burton Green are to be switched on once agreements have been finalised with electricity suppliers. The signals controlling the operation of the new junction, and the crossings over Hob and Red Lanes, are due to be switched on in late January or early February subject to consents and approvals from local authorities.

    Preparing to open the temporary Greenway

    LM is working as quickly and as safely as possible to finish the temporary Greenway and open it to the public. We will be installing fences and signs around the temporary Greenway, and a small amount of hoarding at specific locations next to properties in Burton Green.

    We now expect to open the temporary Greenway in February, subject to consents and approvals. If we can, we’ll open some sections earlier than others to provide more walking and cycling options to local communities. In the meantime, LM will continue to monitor and maintain the interim paths we’ve set up to help people move around the closed section of the existing Kenilworth Greenway.

    Posted on 18th December 2020

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Notice of traffic management on the A446 - Jan 2021

    We will be temporarily closing a layby on the A446 to enable access for works alongside the highway, including vegetation removal.

    The closure will be in place from 18 January until 24 January 2021 including weekends, subject to consent, between 8:00am and 4:00pm.

    Normal journeys will not be impacted by these works.

    WP 070 - A446 layby closure_FINAL.pdf

    Posted on 18th December 2020

    by HS2

    Notice of overnight traffic management and ground investigation surveys – A46 (January 2021)

    We will be undertaking drainage CCTV and ground investigation surveys which will help us to finalise the detailed design for this section of the route.

    The ground investigation surveys will be carried out on the A46 between the Warwick Bypass junction which crosses the A452 and the Stoneleigh Road junction.

    The Stoneleigh road south bound entry slip road will be closed during the works with a diversion route to the Stivichall interchange and return.

    Traffic management will be in place from 18 – 22 January (five nights) and from 25 – 29 January (five nights) The work, on both dates, is planned between the hours of 22:00 – 06:00.

    HS2 Notice of A46 Lane Closures - LR - SA1 (002).pdf

    Posted on 17th December 2020

    by HS2

    Traffic Information Guides, Brackley to Southam, Winter 2020

    We have produced Traffic Information Guides to give you detailed information about traffic during the construction of the HS2 main works from Brackley in Northamptonshire to Southam. The traffic information guides show the routes used by HGVs to construction works compounds and forecast vehicle numbers, as well as some useful information about the controls we have put in place.

    The Traffic Information Guides will be made available to communities and stakeholders along the route in areas that are taking part in the initial pilot. As part of this, we would welcome any suggestions you may have about these guides. Once this pilot is complete we will be working to produce similar guides with our other construction contractors across Phase One of the route.

    Please see attached Traffic Information Guides:

    Greatworth to Southam

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.

    Posted on 11th December 2020

    by Warwickshire Commonplace

    First images released of Long Itchington Wood Tunnel site in Warwickshire

    The first images of one of our largest construction sites in the Midlands have been revealed, showing preparations being made for the launch of a tunnel boring machine (TBM) that will dig under Long Itchington Wood in Warwickshire, creating a 1 mile twin bore tunnel, before the route heads north and into Birmingham's Curzon Street Station.

    Current works on the 1km square north portal site include a large and deep excavation, with 250,000m3 of material being removed in layers before being transported and deposited locally to form environmental embankments for the main line. The 2,000 tonne TBM, manufactured in Germany by Herrenknecht, is due for delivery on site early in 2021 and will be launched next summer, with the boring completed by mid-2022.

    The tunnel will be around 9-10 metres in diameter, with the TBM taking around five months to complete the first bore of the twin bore tunnel. Once completed, the TBM will be extracted at the South Portal and transported by road back to the North Portal to commence the second bore.

    This key site is managed by the BBV Joint Venture (Balfour Beatty Group and VINCI Construction), who will be one of the biggest recruiters in the Midlands over the next two years, expecting to recruit 7,000 jobs to support the delivery of Britain's new high speed railway. There are currently 60 workers on site including student engineers and apprentices.

    There are already 25 new apprentices from Warwickshire working with us and our supply chain, representing 7% of total new apprenticeships. We have also been working with stakeholders in Warwickshire to develop our Job Brokerage Model, due for launch in 2021. A major part of this is a new Job Brokerage Platform developed to showcase the vacancies being created by the delivery of Phase One of HS2.

    Across Warwickshire, 82 businesses are supporting the delivery of the project, over 80% of which are SMEs, from sectors including construction training, builders’ merchants, forestry, electrical suppliers and labour providers. We are actively promoting supply chain opportunities to businesses in Warwickshire through partners that include Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, Coventry and Warwickshire LEP (Growth Hub), West Midlands FSB and Kenilworth Chamber.

    There are 100 bridges, 35 viaducts, 36 cuttings and 70 bridge structures on this part of the route and BBV are also building the Bromford Tunnel. Works on a Green Tunnel located south of the Long Itchington Wood south portal will also begin later this year.

    At the peak of construction on the whole of Phase One, ten tunnel boring machines - each a self-contained underground factory - will work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Weighing up to 2,200 tonnes, each 160m long machine will bore and line the tunnels as they drive forward at speeds of up to 15 metres per day.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 3rd December 2020

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 works in North Warwickshire - December 2020

    There are a number of new notices updating you on upcoming work in North Warwickshire. Please follow the links for more information, including dates, locations and maps.

  • There will be hard shoulder closures on the link roads onto the M6 near Chelmsley Wood and South Coleshill from Monday 14 December to Monday 21 December. This includes junction 7 on the M42 as well as junction 4 on the M6. These measures will allow safe access to our work sites to prepare for future construction works, which include roadside vegetation clearance. More information is available here
  • Ground investigation works beginning in Water Orton. A more information and a notification can be found here
  • Notice of temporary traffic lights on Kingsbury Road during December 2020. For more information please follow this link
  • If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.

    Posted on 1st December 2020

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 Works Notification: Upcoming works

    New works notifications are available in the works in your area page.

    Temporary traffic management on B4115 in December - notice

    Temporary traffic management on Fosse Way in December - notice

    Posted on 27th November 2020

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Publication of Common Design Elements Survey Response Document

    During January 2020, we asked for views and ideas on some of the detailed aspects of three of our proposed Common Design Elements (CDEs): parapets, piers and lineside noise barriers.

    We received 457 replies and our Survey Response Document summarising these has now been published on our website .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 26th November 2020

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 Works Notification: Upcoming works in Ladbroke, November 2020 - February 2021

    Over the winter we shall be continuing the enabling works in our land next to Ladbroke. This work involves:

    1. Boundary fencing of newly possessed land

    2. Archaeological mitigation, excavation and recording across two sites

    3. Archaeological surveying and test pitting

    4. Woodland surveys at Windmill Hill spinney

    For further information please see our notification

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the HS2 enquiries team on 08081 434 434 or via HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 20th November 2020

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Notice of overnight temporary lane closures of M6/M42 East and Westbound link roads, near Water Orton w/c 23 November

    We will be undertaking surveys, for five nights, along sections of the M6/M42 East and Westbound link roads near to Water Orton. The work will start week commencing Monday 23 November and be in place until 5:30am on Saturday 28 November. These surveys will enable us to identify all natural and manmade features in the area.

    To complete our surveys, we will implement temporary hard shoulder and single lane closures. This will enable us to undertake our works in a safe environment.

    We will work with Highways England to:

    • Have clear signage outlining to road users of the traffic management in place.

    • Minimise the impact on road users by keeping one lane open during our works.

    Posted on 20th November 2020

    by HS2

    HS2 in Focus: Free online ecology event

    We would like to invite you to join a free webinar focusing on managing protected species in the West Midlands.

    During this free webinar , hosted by HS2 and our early works contractors Laing O’Rourke and Murphy Joint Venture (LM), you will hear from our environmental experts about the work we are undertaking to ensure we carefully manage our impact on protected species , with a particular focus on great crested newts and bats.

    You will be able to ask the team questions via a live Q&A chat.

    The webinar will be broadcast live on Tuesday 24 November, from 10.30-12.00pm .

    Register for this free online event .

    We will be publishing a video recording of the session online, so if you are unable to attend the event, you will still be able to learn about what we are doing through a dedicated playlist on the HS2 YouTube channel .

    HS2 and the environment

    Even before HS2 starts operating, there are countless environmental projects and innovations occurring up and down the route to protect, preserve and enhance Britain’s precious natural environment.

    We continue to undertake one of the largest ecological surveys in the UK. Some of the UK’s most experienced and leading ecological consultants are working with us, and our work is supported with technical input and advice from specialist ecologists.

    Visit the HS2 website for more information about our work to manage our impact on the environment .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 17th November 2020

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Temporary closure of Waste Lane, Berkswell notification November 2020

    A temporary closure and diversion of a small section of Waste Lane in Berkswell is due to start on Monday 30 November for up to one week.

    In our August 2020 update about the Kenilworth Greenway (reference number HS2-EW-LM-Ph1-Ar-No-N1-OTH-30-08/07/2020), we noted that a small section of Waste Lane would need to be closed towards the end of 2020 to help us finish building the temporary diversion of the Kenilworth Greenway. We’re completing a crossing point for the temporary Greenway over Waste Lane.

    To find out more please see our Notification .

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.

    Posted on 17th November 2020

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Join our free online archaeology event: Uncovering Coleshill's Medieval manor house

    We would like to invite you to join a free webinar focusing on the latest developments and ongoing excavations at Coleshill in Warwickshire on Thursday, 26 November from 11.30am-12pm.

    Our archaeology programme is continuing to unearth discoveries across our sites. Join us and the team from Wessex Archaeology for this online event to find out about the Medieval moated manor house and its ornamental Elizabethan gardens. The event will highlight some of the new discoveries on site, including artefacts, garden features and building remains, and we will discuss how these new findings are helping us to build a greater picture of the manor house.

    You will be able to ask the team questions via a live Q&A chat option and pre-submit questions when you register. We also recommend that you watch our previous webinars on the Coleshill site, so that you are up-to-date on our works and what has been unearthed so far:

    The Archaeology of HS2: Uncovering the stories of Coleshill’s past

    HS2 InFocus Webinar: The Archaeology of HS2 - Uncovering Coleshill

    Please register here for this free online event

    We will be publishing a video recording of the session online, so if you are unable to attend the event, you will still be able to learn about what has been unearthed so far through a dedicated playlist on the HS2 YouTube channel.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

    Posted on 16th November 2020

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 works notification - Creation of a compound in Kingsbury - November 2020

    We will be constructing a main compound on land off Kingsbury Road which, will enable us to construct the railway in this area. It will take up to nine months to complete the compound which will provide offices, parking areas and the main welfare facilities for our staff and construction workers. There will be an area to produce concrete and a manufacturing area to prepare parts for the railway.

    For further information on this work, including maps and details of the layout, please click the link here .

    HS2 and the COVID-19 outbreak

    As previously announced, HS2 has taken the decision to postpone all face-to-face engagement events and meetings due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, we remain committed to being a good neighbour to anyone affected by our work, and have continued to notify local residents about any activities in their area through alternative methods of communication. This includes direct mail, such as the latest newsletters, which we have sent in the post to local residents that are impacted by our works.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.

    Posted on 13th November 2020

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 works notification - temporary traffic lights on A446 near Water Orton and Coleshill - November 2020

    We are carrying out junction improvement works on the A446 Lichfield Road, between Water Orton and Coleshill at the entrance to Severn Trent treatment plant.

    From Monday 30 November to Friday 18 December (subject to weather and site conditions), temporary traffic lights will be located on the southbound A446. The lights will only be in operation when construction traffic needs to enter and exit the site area, which will ensure traffic disruption is kept to a minimum.

    For more detailed information you can read the notification here.

    HS2 and the COVID-19 outbreak

    As previously announced, HS2 has taken the decision to postpone all face-to-face engagement events and meetings due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, we remain committed to being a good neighbour to anyone affected by our work, and have continued to notify local residents about any activities in their area through alternative methods of communication. This includes direct mail, such as the latest newsletters, which we have sent in the post to local residents that are impacted by our works.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.

    Posted on 12th November 2020

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    Enabling works along the Offchurch Greenway

    Our enabling works are underway in your area, carried out by our construction partner LM – a joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and J. Murphy & Sons.

    LM is preparing a section of the Offchurch Greenway for HS2 construction, including the section to the north of Long Itchington Road. As our works progress you may see our staff at work adjacent to the Greenway.

    While this work takes place, a section of the Offchurch Greenway will be closed to ensure the safety of our staff and Greenway users. During the works users of the Offchurch Greenway are advised to find an alternate route. W192 will remain open with a minor diversion during this time. Local signs are in place.

    If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email www.hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

    Posted on 30th October 2020

    by HS2 in Warwickshire

    HS2 Works Notification: Successful bridge deck installation over the A446 Stonebridge Road

    To ensure that the local road network is fit for purpose when the future HS2 Interchange Station is operational, we are remodelling and improving the existing network and creating new routes on HS2 land.

    On Friday 23 October 2020, sections of the A452 Chester Road (northbound) and A446 Stonebridge Road (northbound and southbound) between Stonebridge Island and M6 Junction 4 were closed to traffic. This closure enabled LM to safely install a bridge deck over the A446.

    We’re pleased to inform you that the full closure of the A452 and A446 was lifted on Sunday 25 October 24 hours earlier than planned.

    Road users can now travel in both directions along the A452. A temporary 24-hour single lane closure is now in place along the A446 southbound for approximately five days, to allow us to carry out various activities to reinstate the road. Please view the works notification , including maps.

    We would like to thank you for your cooperation to al