Engagement Manager for HS2 introduced the programme update.
Engagement Lead for LM explained that the temporary Greenway
diversion would be opened in late January or early February 2021.
All road closures were now finished. Extra wood chips would be laid
over the Christmas period to make sure the path was in good
condition. They had collaborated with Berkswell Parish Council and other local
organisations to give out free wood chip. They have also donated
wood carved animals to ten schools and charities along the
Manager for the Interchange Area for LM provided their latest
- LM staff alongside
Birmingham Business Park had contributed over £500 to the
Colebridge Trust social supermarket,
- There had been
ecological webinars in November, and they would seek to host more
in 2021 in collaboration with HS2 Ltd.
- Enabling works in
the Interchange Area focussed on the future road network; to ensure
it was fit for purpose when the Interchange Station was opened. The
steps taken were outlined in the presentation.
- LM would shut down
all activity in the Interchange Area on 18th December.
There would be a small amount of traffic management in this area
over the festive period.
- In 2021, they
would need to complete a number of follow up works for the road
networks such as drainage connections and the reinstatement of
traffic carriageway lighting. This would be through a series of
24-hour lane closures on the M42 and A446 in January 2021.
Ms Sheila Cooper
asked whether the surface of the Greenway would be woodchip. The
Community Engagement Lead for LM explained that the temporary
surface was woodchip, but the permanent surface would be suitable
for all users. Ms Cooper then asked whether the parapets on the
roundabout over the HS2 trace would be sufficiently high to prevent
the distraction from the trains. The Engagement Manager for the
Interchange Area confirmed there would be appropriate safety
measures in place.
Engagement Specialist and the Stakeholder Manager for BBV gave the
following update on the main works:
- A number of
compounds would be established in the Solihull area. Once these had
been created, they would be the base for operation and would also
be used as internal haul roads, which would reduce the requirements
for traffic measures.
- The design and
traffic management plans about the construction of the three
bridges on the Solihull section of the route would be confirmed by
the next meeting.
- In the Interchange
Area next year, LM would hand over to BBV to start its phase of the
ground works to bring together the new road alignments to the
- The A45 Overbridge
design includes future proofing to enable it to be widened in the
future. There was a number of utilities along this route, which
would have to be investigated during the design phase to allow
- A material
laboratory would be included in the new compound on Coleshill Heath
Road. This would enable tests on materials such as concrete to be
carried out. There would be 100 new jobs created at the site.
- In 2021, there was
notification of test piling on Diddington Lane, which would involve temporary road
closures. Residents and stakeholders were informed of this.
- It was still
planned to use Hallmeadow Road as a
haul route. Environmental considerations continued to be worked
upon prior to any applications being made.
Members made the
following comments and questions:
- A Member asked
what communications would take place in relation to the use of
Hallmeadow Road. The Stakeholder
Manager for BBV explained that a lot of background work had taken
place, such as conversations with Parish Councils. Future
communications would take place with residents groups and parish
councils as proposals were developed further.
- A Member commented
on the tree clearance on the side of the A452 between Balsall Common and Hampton in Arden. She also noted
there was a number of bottles that had been thrown into the
clearance by the road, and asked if they could be removed. The
Senior Engagement Manager for HS2 Ltd stated this would be followed
- A Member queried
whether there would be capacity on the A45 bridges for a cycle
lane. The Senior Project Manager stated a response would be
provided at the next meeting of the board in March.
- A Member stated
there was a concern among residents about the mud on Waste Lane.
The Senior Engagement Manager for HS2 confirmed a response would be
A Member shared the
following comments and questions from Hampton-in-Arden Parish
- They were glad to
see the traffic calming measures from the HS2 Road Safety Fund was
in the process of being implemented.
- They asked for an
update on the design for the Interchange Area and the Stage 2
Safety Audit that would follow the detailed design. The Senior
Project Manager explained that this stage of the process was quite
late in the overall programme but it would include the road safety
audit. The Engagement Manager for the Interchange Area for LM
explained that they had liaised with Hampton-in-Arden Parish
Council and would update them on the design process.
- They queried the
progress of the plans for the construction of the HS2 line after
the completion of the civil works. The Senior Engagement Manager
for HS2 stated a response to this query would be provided outside
of the meeting.
- They enquired
about the amount of site clearance between Patrick Bridge and
Balsall Common. The Senior Engagement
Manager for HS2 stated an answer to this question would be provided
outside of the meeting.
Mr Richard Lloyd
asked whether Diddington Lane would be
closed for pedestrians. The Stakeholder Communications Officer for
BBV responded that pedestrian access would be open at most times
and the road would only be closed when necessary.
Ms Sheila Cooper
asked whether Euro 6 lorries would be used for this work. The
Senior Project Manager for BBV confirmed that it was part of the
specification for the main works.