Despite doubts over whether the ‘Golborne spur’ of the HS2 high speed rail line will ever go ahead, a local residents group is urging anyone with objections to make their voices heard before the end of this month.
No official confirmation that the line will be scrapped has been given, so for now, the plans to bring the railway line through Lowton and Golborne remain in place. So now, Lowton East Neighbourhood Development Forum is reminding local people that it’s still critical that they have their say during the latest consultation round.
In November last year, it seemed the writing was on the wall for the controversial Golborne Spur. But as things stand, the line through Lowton and Golborne remains on the Government plans, and preparation work continues.
The High Speed Rail – Crewe to Manchester “Hybrid” Bill is currently with Parliament and the second reading of the bill is due around Spring/Summer. There is a consultation currently out with a deadline of 31 March for anyone who wants to give their responses to the Environmental Impact Statement.
Have your say
Community profiles, maps and response forms can all be found on the HS2 website. You can also request this information bt calling freephone: 08081 434 434, or emailing HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.
The maps you require are MA05, Volume 2 the community area reports for the Risley/Bamfurlong, and a copy of the environmental response form. All literature is free.
What are the main issues affecting Lowton and Golborne?
At LENDF’s meeting on Monday, 14 March, the group received a presentation from Liz Brown about the potential impact of the high speed line on our towns.
Residents who wanted to have their say during this phase of consultation were advised that their responses should set out their thoughts on the following issues:
- Comments on the route wide impact of HS2
Comments on specific points to Lowton, giving map references from MA05 maps (eg Map CT-05-331 A2 J&I school pupils will suffer a major impact of noise and traffic pollution over 5+ years of construction).
Any other concerns (for example, will mitigation be scrimped if money runs out, what about our poor local public transport, local transport will not be enhanced by HS2.
- Issues with crossing county boundaries (e.g bus services between Lowton and Newton-le-Willows station)
If you would like to discuss these issues with Lowton East Neighbourhood Development Forum, or want to send your own comments to be added to a joint response from the group, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another public meeting takes place tonight
A joint public meeting with Lowton West Residents group and LENDF takes place tonight (Friday, 25 March) at Church Lane Community Centre from 7.30pm. All welcome.