Last Friday, I visited Mixbury to see the latest HS2 construction work and chair a meeting between HS2 Ltd, EKFB and local residents. The village is feeling the full impact of construction activity – from daily noise disturbance to numerous closed roads and rights of way.
Mixbury residents are concerned that HS2 and EKFB are not keeping to their previous undertakings to consult the community on the designs of future rights of way and bridges over the line. This is something I have called for since I was first elected, when local residents and I made representations to the original High Speed Rail Committee in Parliament.
This week, I raised Mixbury’s concerns directly with the HS2 Minister, Huw Merriman. We discussed what can be done to hold HS2 to their promises. It is vital that the impact of construction on residents and our countryside is minimised wherever possible.
I will continue to work with the Minister and local residents to hold HS2 to account.