Update from HS2

On Monday 17 February, we welcomed guest speakers from High Speed Two (HS2), and their contractors, LM and BBV, who provided an update on their works to create Britain’s new high speed railway. Early works for HS2 are carried out by Laing O’Rourke and Murphy & Sons known as LM, and main works for HS2 are carried out by Balfour Beatty VINCI known as BBV.

Part of HS2’s works near Meriden are concentrated near the A452, A45 and M42, which surround the site of the future HS2 Interchange Station; roughly between Melbicks Garden Centre and the NEC. Throughout early 2020, there will be increased works on Northway Island, and the B4438, A452, A446 and M42. These activites will include earthworks, surveys and utility works in preparation for the improvement and expansion of the existing road network in this area, and the construction of new routes and four new highway bridges to service the future station. When traffic measures are required, the majority will be carried out overnight, between 8pm and 6am, to minimise disruption.

Balfour Beatty VINCI will be working on behalf of HS2 to complete works focused on getting us ready to lay the railway route. Our nearest works to the Meriden area are in Hampton-in-Arden and Balsall Common, and will include the erection of a main works compound on Park Lane, Balsall Common, as well as vegetation clearance, site access creation, ground investigations and test piling in certain areas. There will be a nominal increase in construction traffic surrounding our Park Lane compound, once it is operational, from April/May 2020.

We advise subscribing to HS2 in Solihull at, www.hs2insolihull.co.uk , to receive live news updates about all of HS2’s works in Solihull, as well as information on community drop-in events, community and business funding, station engagement and much more.

You can get in touch with HS2 via their Helpdesk team all day, every day of the year on, 08081 434 434, and at, hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk , if you have any queries or questions.

HS2 also host monthly community drop-in events in the local area where you can find out more about their works near the A452, A45 and M42, as well as community opportunities. For more information please visit, https://hs2insolihull.commonplace.is/schemes/proposals/interchange-station-area/details

HS2, LM and BBV will be returning to present to the Parish Council after early May 2020.