Since the surprise announcement by HS2 on the Leeds Link route my primary objective now must be to get as much detail as possible as quickly as possible from HS2 and the Department of Transport and share it with local residents.
I have written to HS2 calling for a local road-show at the earliest available opportunity to demonstrate any potential audio and visual impact as a result of this initial preferred Leeds route. Whether or not this is the final route, I will expect to see the most effective mitigation strategies available to minimise any potential impact such as deeper cuttings, embankments and additional trees which could not only lessen the potential visual and audio blight but may go some way to lessen any blight from the M42.
These are very early days. The current proposed route is only the "initial preferred route" and "is the start of the process" and not the end.
Over the coming weeks I will continue to talk to HS2, ministers and officials to establish more details.
Please find below the latest updates on my activities in the House, updates sent to residents and useful information from HS2.
If you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by post at:
Christopher Pincher MP
House of Commons