You may be interested in attending one of the Drop In events in relation to the planning for HS2. Details below, scroll down to the bottom to see the 2 events locally. If you would like a copy of the full programme, please email me.

HS2 Ltd will be holding a series of community information events in June and July 2018 to demonstrate how the plans and designs for Britain’s new high speed railway between the West Midlands and Leeds and Crewe and Manchester are developing.

The Government confirmed its preferred route for Phase 2b of the High Speed Two (HS2) railway on 17 July 2017. Achieving this significant milestone has enabled us to spend the last ten months progressing our early design and construction proposals. We’ve spoken to many organisations over that time, and these events allow individuals to come and talk to us about our evolving designs in a community setting, which is really important as local knowledge has a crucial role to play in informing the final design and construction proposals for the new railway.  We’re eager to share our updated plans and designs and to talk to people about our proposals, and the benefits that HS2 will deliver to them and their community, ahead of the public consultation later this year

The 30 drop-in events across the route will be attended by HS2 employees and contractors with expertise in a wide range of fields including engineering, environment, and land and property.  We will write to everyone living within 1km of the route and members of the public are encouraged to attend so they can review the plans and talk to the team about the emerging designs and understand what this means for them. If you wish to promote the events through the council’s own networks and channels please feel free to do so. Your help in supporting attendance is much appreciated.  

We are also using the opportunity provided by the events to host a series of one to one appointments with those who are directly affected by the line of route and associated works. The purpose of these meetings is to understand as early as possible the impacts of the scheme on affected parties’ property to better inform the development of our design and any possible mitigations. We are writing to all parties directly, inviting them to make an appointment at their nearest event.

There will be three events in the Leeds City Council area, commencing on 4th June in central Leeds. A full programme is attached for your information.  I appreciate that the introduction of new information about how we plan to build and operate the railway presents new and different impacts for those who live and work in the area.  

Information about the events will also be available on the HS2 website from the official publication day (today). All information to be shown at the events will be available online from the 4 June 2018.

Monday 4 June The Met Hotel, King Street, Leeds LS1 2HQ 2pm – 8pm

Thursday 28 June Holiday Inn Leeds – Garforth, Wakefield Road, Garforth LS25 1LH 2pm – 8pm