Cheshire West and Chester Council - public events about HS2

13 June 2022

HS2 is a planned new high-speed rail link in the United Kingdom, the first phase is between London and the West Midlands, and a second phase between the West Midlands and Manchester. 

The proposed route passes through west Cheshire in the areas of Wimboldsley, to the east of Winsford, Rudheath, and Lostock Gralam. A depot will be constructed close to Wimboldsley to accommodate up to 54 high speed trains. 

Cheshire West and Chester Council agrees in principle with HS2 but is concerned about impacts to local communities. To collect residents and other stakeholder views on potential impacts and mitigations, the Council is arranging local events in June. 

Councillor Karen Shore, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member, Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport said:

“These events are for communities who will be most significantly and disproportionately affected by the HS2 line. 

“We need to ensure their views are heard and shared with the Council. Information we receive at these meetings will be used to develop the key themes of the petition to be submitted by the Council seeking stronger measures to mitigate adverse impacts of HS2. The petitioning isn’t to stop the line being built, but to reduce the impact on our residents.” 

At the meetings the Council will raise awareness of the current priorities and mitigations and listen to the views of residents, businesses and any other directly affected organisation to the HS2 Hybrid Bill.  

The dates in June: 
  • Wednesday 15 June 2022 9.30am to 10.30am
 An online meeting for all Town and Parishes and Ward Members directly affected by the HS2 Line. 
  • Tuesday 21 June 2022, 4pm to 6pm
Wharton Library, Willow Square, Wharton, Winsford, CW7 3HP
Public event 
  • Wednesday 22 June 2022, 4pm to 6pm
Northwich Memorial Court, Chester Way, Northwich, CW9 5QJ
Public event

To join any of these events, email: NorthwichWinsfordLocality@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Local businesses that may be impacted by HS2 will also be invited to a further meeting to gather their concerns and opinions. 

HS2 Ltd. are also holding a public event on 28 June, 2pm to 8pm at Middlewich Community Church, Canalside Conference Centre, booking required: https://www.hs2.org.uk/events/hs2-phase-2b-crewe-to-manchester-2022-update-events-ma02-wimboldsley-to-lostock-gralam/

Details about HS2 in Cheshire West and Chester: www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/hs2

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