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HS2 in Whitmore Heath to Madeley

HS2 in Whitmore Heath to Madeley

Find out what HS2 means for Heath to Madeley

The boundary between Swynnerton and Whitmore parishes forms the southern start of this section of Phase 2a. With approximately 9.1 km of track HS2 passes through the parishes of Whitmore and Madeley, within the Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council areas.

After crossing the M6 the route will pass within 1km of Baldwin’s Gate and Madeley Park Wood, which lie to the west, and Whitmore and Madeley, which lie to the east. The route will pass under Whitmore Heath in a tunnel and through Whitmore Wood.

It will then enter the valley of the River Lea, through which the West Coast Main Line, Madeley Chord and Stoke to Market Drayton Railway pass. The route will continue towards the village of Madeley, passing Bar Hill, and pass through part of Barhill Wood.

During the construction of HS2 in this area construction traffic will travel along the A51 and A525, through the village of Woore. Traffic calming and safety measures to manage construction traffic within the village will be put in place and details will be shared here in due course.

What we’re delivering for Phase 2a (West Midlands to Crewe)

  • Infrastructure

    36 miles (57km) of high-speed track, 2 tunnels, 17 viaducts, 65 bridges, 26 cuttings and 36 embankments.

  • Supply Chain

    More than 100 businesses working on the project already are located within Cheshire and Staffordshire. More than 80 per cent of these businesses are SMEs.

  • Community Fund

    For Phase 2a (West Midlands to Crewe) £5 million in funding through CEF and BLEF is available for communities experiencing disruption to apply for.

  • Green Corridor

    For Phase 2a (West Midlands to Crewe) £2 million was made available through BIF for projects to enhance Biodiversity through the creation or restoration of ecological habitats.

Benefits at a glance

  • Capacity - HS2 will form the backbone of our rail network

    Providing much-needed rail capacity across the country, and and integrating with rail projects in the North and Midlands.

  • Connectivity - HS2 will help level-up the country

    By offering better connections HS2 will help spread jobs and opportunity around the country, driving regeneration.

  • Carbon - HS2 will be the low carbon option for long distance travel

    HS2 will build sustainable, climate-resilient transport infrastructure and cut carbon emissions from the UK transport sector.

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