Planning approval granted for final West Midlands structures bringing HS2 into Birmingham - The Solihull Observer

Planning approval granted for final West Midlands structures bringing HS2 into Birmingham

Solihull Editorial 7th Apr, 2024   0

THE FINAL two major structures being built to bring HS2 into Birmingham have been approved by local councils – marking another significant milestone for the project.

Approval has been granted for the design of two new viaducts, meaning eight “Key Design Elements” (KDEs) on the West Midlands section of the route have now passed the Schedule 17 process.

KDEs are structures on the HS2 project identified as being significant because of their size, proximity to communities, or location within sensitive areas.

The River Blythe Viaduct has received Schedule 17 planning approval from Solihull Council.

A 475-metre low-lying structure, just south of the new HS2 Interchange Station in Solihull, it is designed to skim the flat, agricultural landscape as it crosses the River Blythe, the floodplain and Meriden Road near Hampton in Arden.

Feedback from the local community has been incorporated into the planning of the construction of this viaduct, particularly regarding tree planting and protecting the local environment in the areas near the river which are designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Stephen Powell, HS2 Ltd’s Head of Delivery said: “Achieving these two KDE planning approvals is a significant milestone for the project.

“It’s been hugely important for us to engage and consult with communities as we reach the final design stages of these key structures in the West Midlands, and we’re very grateful for the feedback they have provided.

“Our designers have incorporated local feedback in all of these Key Design Element structures, including enhanced environmental features, use of materials and additional amenities such as footpaths and cycling tracks in the areas around them, ensuring that we have the best outcome for everyone.”

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