HS2 reveals plans for 2km Cubbington Cutting

By James Smith

8th Dec 2022 | Local News

HS2 has submitted plans for its Cubbington Cutting to Warwick District Council (image via HS2)
HS2 has submitted plans for its Cubbington Cutting to Warwick District Council (image via HS2)

HS2 has revealed plans for a 2km cutting in Cubbington.

The plans, submitted to Warwick District Council, show that the cutting would be up to 12 metres deep.

Extending between Coventry Road and Mill Lane, the Cubbington Cutting will see a large number of trees planted along its length to mask it from view and also to replace any removed for it to be built.

HS2 will also need to submit separate schemes for road overbridges along Rugby Road and Coventry Road, as well as two 'green' footbridges.

The latter will be six metres wide "to maximize the amount of space available for planting to create habitat connection over the green bridge".

Plans also state: "It is likely that the impacted roads will be realigned on the overbridges before digging the existing road."

If approved, the cutting should be completed by 2026.

Coming as close as half a kilometre to Cubbington Village, the cutting will also pass through Cubbington Ancient Woodland.

But the plans state: "Mitigation measures include planting native broad-leaved woodland, shrub and hedgerows to screen the proposed scheme from neighbouring residential properties and users of the adjacent public right of way (PRoW). 

"The woodland planting will aid integration of the proposed scheme into the landscape; and the selection of species will reflect tree and shrub species native to the area landscape and take into account possible climate change impacts associated with the quality and availability of water and the potential increase in pests and diseases. 

"Significant areas of woodland planting are proposed in the Leam Valley and Cubbington Wood areas, including advance planting to the south of the retained cut at South Cubbington Wood."

The high-speed rail developer announced earlier this year that new designs for the Cubbington section of the line would reduce the amount of concrete and steel required by 60,000 cubic metres – the equivalent of around 8,500 HGV movements.

Originally the design would have had concrete retaining walls, but the line will now run in a V-shaped open cutting with grass slopes on the embankments.

The new designs raise the high speed rail line by around two metres, avoiding the need to excavate 150,000 cubic metres of soil - the equivalent of 60 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

HS2 has also applied to create a shorter cutting north of Kenilworth.


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