Plans for the HS2 railway line to come through Lowton and Golborne have not gone away – despite speculation that the so-called ‘Golborne Spur’ would be scrapped.
This week several local residents have received leaflets updating them about the potential impact of the railway line on the area around their homes – some have even received letters warning them that “part or all” of their properties may be needed for development – raising the possibility of compulsory purchase orders in the future.
The part of the line which affects Lowton and Golborne is a 12.1km section, which is planned to leave the main high-speed route from Crewe to Manchester before rejoining the West Coast Main Line south of Wigan. This part of the HS2 line would run through both Lowton and Golborne – and even cut right through Byrom Hall Wood.
Local MP James Grundy is opposed to the proposals – which he says would “negatively affect” people in Lowton and Golborne. And earlier this year, transport secretary Grant Shaps seems to suggest that the Spur – which would cost £3bn on its own – may not go ahead, as it didn’t represent “value for money”. But this week, Mr Grundy has been told a final decision is yet to be made.
Some changes have been made to the proposals
In the latest version of the plans, some changes have been made to the proposals to try and address a number of the concerns expressed in the last round of public consultation.
Mitigation measures have been put into the scheme – including changes to the proposed realignment of Wilton Lane and an alternate location for the football pitches currently situated on Lowton Civic Field on Hesketh Meadow Lane. An additional underpass on the section of the route proposed to run through Byrom Wood is now included in the plans. A proposed compound near Lowton J&I Primary and Kings Avenue has been moved further away from the school and homes.
How can I find out more?
A webinar takes place next month outlining the proposals for the HS2 line in our area. The section which comes through Lowton and Golborne is ‘MA05 Risley to Bamfurlong’, and the webinar detailing these plans will take place on 9 November between 12-1pm.
To watch along live, you’ll need to register in advance.
However, the webinar will be available to catch up with later, on the HS2 website if you aren’t able to tune in at the time of broadcast.
You can read more information about the HS2 plans at www.hs2.org.uk/phase2b.
It’s important to have your say
MP James Grundy is now urging everyone living in Lowton and Golborne to find out more about the proposals and have their say on them.
He said: “I urge people to engage with the next stage of the consultation process. The more that opposition to this project can be demonstrated, the better the chances are that this scheme can be stopped.”
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