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HS2 impact: The county showground, golf clubs and schools hit by rail plans

By Alex Ross | Staffordshire | Transport | Published:

Staffordshire County Showground will lose almost a quarter of its land temporarily to the building of HS2 - while a golf club could face closure due to the loss of seven holes.

The full impact of the building of the high speed line from Fradley near Lichfield to Crewe has been unveiled.

Detailed documents released by HS2 Ltd show how the countryside of Staffordshire will change with the building of huge viaducts and realignment of main roads.

But they also reveal how the construction of the line, which will cut Great Haywood, Ingestre, Hopton, Marston, and Yarlet, will impact homes, schools and businesses.

  • Staffordshire County Showground will lose 22 per cent of land for two years and nine months
  • Ingestre Park Golf Club will lose 47 per cent of land for three years
  • Mayfield Children's Home in Stafford to experience significant increases in noise levels
  • Four Seasons Nature Study Centre near Rugeley to experience significant increases in noise levels
  • Trentside Meadows in Handsacre to lose 32 per cent of land for three and a half years

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  • The Reindeer Lodge near Rugeley to lose one field

As part of the assessments, it states the loss of land at the showground will not impact the main grandstand or showing areas, but said it could restrict the amount of parking during the annual County Show.

At Ingestre Park Golf Club, the assessment says the club could not operate on its current basis during the work.

Ingestre Golf Club will lose 47 per cent of land for three years

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The club hopes to enter talks with HS2 bosses over compensation which would pay for a new course and club house.

Club manager, Sarah Sharp, said: "We have to look at the positives - to get a new golf course, it is a fantastic opportunity. But then, of course, it is disappointing to lose all the history here."

Much of the impact is down to the building of large embankments which will carry the railway line, with work set to begin from 2020.

Already, information has been disclosed about heavy lorry traffic, especially along the A515 Lichfield Road and A513 Beaconside in Stafford, associated with the construction.

Starting at Kings Bromley, the line heads along a 1km-long viaduct called the Kings Bromley Viaduct from the village to a high embankment.

The viaduct, 15.5m high, passes over the A515 Lichfield Road, which will be realigned onto farmland through the village by Kings Bromley Marina.

HS2 in the West Midlands

After 200 a metre stretch on the 16m high embankment, the line goes over the 1.9km-long The Severn Trent Viaduct to Pipe Ridware.

This goes over the A513 Rugeley Road, which will take a temporary diversion under the bridge during construction.

At Blithbury, the B5014 Uttoxeter Road run over the line on a realigned route taking it over a 5m high bridge over the line.

At the A51 Lichfield Road, the line is carried over the road on the 15m high Trent South Embankment.

The line will go over the M6 at Meaford.

The crossing over the motorway will see the central reservation widened to make way for pillars holding up the bridge.

An HS2 Ltd spokesperson said: "HS2 is Europe's largest infrastructure project, designed to increase capacity on our railways and improve connectivity between eight out of 10 of Britain's biggest cities, creating thousands of jobs and rebalancing our economy.

"We recognise that people will be concerned about the impacts of construction and we will work closely with communities to reduce impacts where possible and ensure the safety of the public."

Alex Ross

By Alex Ross
@alexross_star

Chief Reporter at the Express & Star. Everyone has a story - tell me yours.

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