10 November 2013

HS2 Set to Destroy Woodlesford

With the proposed route of High Speed Two (HS2) train line published in January, we've seen a massive impact on the property market in Woodlesford and Oulton. Similarly Swillington is suffering the same problem and the blight extends to Rothwell and the LS26 area in general.

The proposed route crosses Methley Lane at a height of over 18m, towering well over the existing trees, and then rises to 24m as it crosses Fleet Lane. It is four tracks wide, and split over three levels as the tracks cross each other. Two continue north through Swillington Farm reaching 26m high, and two turn to the west coming very close to the Maltings, Pottery Lane and the Locks.

Still above the tree line at the Locks it then gradually descends and crosses the canal near Rothwell Country Park. It is likely that the canal and river will be diverted to make room for HS2. The existing train line will also be moved causing long term disruption to commuters services into Leeds.

Properties are not selling. Lenders won't provide mortgages. Up to 35% has been wiped off property prices. People are stuck, unable to move and left very much out of pocket as no compensation is being paid to those impacted.

Have your say. Force the Government to compensate those affected and force HS2 to identify a better route that doesn't cause so much devastation. A compensation consultation is currently open, running until the start of December. The route consultation is also open and closes in January. Official information is available at www.hs2.org. More details can also be found by searching the Internet.

Template responses to the consultations will be found shortly at the local campaign groups website at www.sowhat.org.uk. Please take the time to respond to both consultations to protect your and your neighbours interests.

Further details

Local information from SOWHAT
National information from HS2