HS2 plans to build new 30 hectare compound at Stoneleigh

By James Smith

16th May 2022 | Local News

HS2 has applied to Warwick District Council for bigger site on Stoneleigh Road (Image via HS2)
HS2 has applied to Warwick District Council for bigger site on Stoneleigh Road (Image via HS2)

HS2 has revealed plans to expand its compound on Stoneleigh Road by 30 hectares.

Whilst the High Speed Rail developers say it will be a temporary site, it is expected to be used for at least four years if approved.

Hedgerows and trees would need to be removed before it could be built and HS2 predicts that 650 extra HGV movements would be made every day at peak times.

This plus another 380 car trips along the Stoneleigh Road - next to Warwickshire County Council's £38million works on the Stoneleigh Island A46 junction.

HS2 said the new compound was needed to stockpile materials to make it easier to supply the local work sites.

As well as piles of soil up to 7m high, there would also be a weigh-bridge and welfare cabins built on site.

Access would be gained from Stoneleigh Road and traffic lights would be installed at a new T junction.

If approved, the compound would be in use between 2023 and end of 2027, and take a further six months to be decommissioned.

And whilst there will be peak periods of traffic, the application said this would not be the case for the whole period.

The submission to Warwick District Council said: "It should be noted that these peak figures only apply to a very small proportion of months over the approximately five-year construction programme, and there are anticipated to be instances where, over many months, HGV traffic movements will be reduced to a negligible level."

For all the upcoming HS2 works around Kenilworth, follow this link to our recent update.

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