North East Derbyshire Conservatives have welcomed fresh proposals from HS2 Ltd to re-route the proposed line away from the communities of Killamarsh, Renishaw and Spinkhill.
Local residents had expressed very serious concerns that the initial proposed route was set to cut through Renishaw and run along the western edge of Killamarsh, very close to a number of properties. The revised plans see the route moved significantly to the east of these communities, running much closer to the M1 and M18 motorways.
The fresh plans also propose a spur running through Chesterfield and Sheffield stations, giving North Derbyshire residents greater
access to the High Speed line.
Former Conservative Parliamentary Candidate, Lee Rowley has carried out a number of local surveys on the issue and reported the results back to the then Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin.
Mr Rowley has welcomed the new proposals, saying: “I am delighted that HS2 Ltd has listened to local people. The revised route is welcome news for residents in Killamarsh, Renishaw and Spinkhill, but importantly ensures that our local communities will still be able to benefit from this important project, with connections at Chesterfield and Sheffield and new jobs created at the depot in Staveley.
“Local Conservatives are calling on the Government to accept these revised proposals”