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Invitation to Public Drop-in and Notice of ecological mitigation works

Published on Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Work on Phase One of High Speed Two (HS2), from London to the West Midlands, has now commenced.

This includes a major conservation project, as we create a ‘green corridor’ of connected wildlife habitats alongside the future railway.

Subject to approval, from late November 2017, our contractor, LM (Laing O’Rourke and Murphy & Sons Joint Venture), will start creating new habitats at two sites in Water Orton, located behind the Primary School and Vicarage Lane. The work will involve creating new ponds for Great Crested Newts, establishing new areas for wildlife and planting new woodland.

As part of the preparations for the habit creation, LM will also be undertaking archaeological surveys on the two sites.

Public drop-in

We will be holding a public drop-in at The Link – Water Orton Community Venue on Wednesday 22 November from 4pm until 7pm. We would like to invite you to come along and find out more information about the planned works and members of the HS2 and LM teams will be available to answer your questions.

Habitat creation

The work at the two sites in Water Orton will see the creation of six new ponds, new wildlife habitats and hedgerows, as well as extensive new woodlands featuring over 1,600 trees and shrubs. We’ll be translocating newts to the new habitat in 2018, once it has become properly established.

What are the traffic impacts?

Access to the sites will be from Vicarage Lane via Coleshill Road/Watton Lane and A446 Lichfield Road. The majority of vehicles will be 4x4 vehicles, pick-up trucks and a welfare van. The only large vehicles will be for the delivery of the machinery, equipment and materials required for creating the new ecological habitats.

Public drop-in – come along and find out more

  • Wednesday 22 November, 4pm-7pm.
  • The Link – Water Orton Community Venue, 4 New Road Water Orton, B46 1QU.

Duration of works

  • Approximate duration of works is four months for construction of habitats following completion of archaeology.
  • From late November 2017 – archaeology work and habitat creation.
  • Normal weekday working hours: 8am – 6pm
  • Saturday working hours: 8am – 1pm.
  • Our contractors may also be on site for a one-hour start-up and shutdown.
  • Vehicles will avoid travelling through Water Orton during school drop-off and pick-up times.

What to expect

  • Some noise from onsite machinery during working hours, whilst we are excavating the ponds.
  • Fencing/hoarding to protect the workforce and the site.
  • Small increase of vehicles travelling to and from site.

What we will do

  • Keep all sites safe and secure.
  • Ensure that the contractor vehicles use agreed routes.

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If you have any questions or if you would like to find out more, you can get in touch:

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Please contact us if you would like a free copy of this leaflet in large print, braille, audio or easy read. We can also provide the information in different languages. You are welcome to ask someone to represent you in any discussions with HS2 Ltd.