HS2/BBV: Use a Continuous Trace-Line Haul Route between Park Lane and Waste Lane Compounds

HS2/BBV: Use a Continuous Trace-Line Haul Route between Park Lane and Waste Lane Compounds

0 have signed. Let’s get to 5,000!
At 5,000 signatures, this petition is more likely to get picked up by local news!

Andrew Ogilvie started this petition to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and

There are currently three Planning Applications submitted to Solihull Council for HS2 lorry routes in Balsall Common.

a) PL/2021/00471 - permission for 200 HGVs each way per day along the A452, Kelsey Lane and Waste Lane, with a small number continuing along Hodgetts Lane and Truggist Lane

b) PL/2021/00276 and PL/2021/00473 - permission for up to 200 HGVs each way per day along both parts of Hallmeadow Rd, with a new access off the roundabout by the Balsall Common Medical Centre to create a haul route behind the Legion and Unity/Carstins Garage towards Waste Lane.

These applications would result in Balsall Common residents having a loss of amenity, an increase in noise and air pollution and increased dangers to health, safety and wellbeing, which can be mitigated by a continuous trace-line haul route.

We would therefore ask that these applications be rejected and that HS2 be advised that only a continuous trace-line haul route from the Park Lane compound to the Waste Lane compound is acceptable to the local community.

These applications request permission for their preferred lorry routes to be in place until the completion of HS2 construction works - identified as December 2025 in HS2's own documents 

As concerned local residents directly affected by the proposals, we request Solihull Council to reject planning applications 2021/00276, 2021/00471 and 2021/00473 on the grounds given in Schedule 17 para 6(5) of the High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Act 2017.

Our objection is on the grounds that alternative routes have not been adequately considered in the applicant’s Schedule 17 Construction Lorry Route Statements accompanying PL/2021/00471 and PL/2021/00473.

Specifically, the applicant has failed to explain why a continuous trace-line haul route from the Park Lane compound to the Waste Lane compound and onwards to Burton Green, which was HS2’s original intent (as evidenced in their document “Berkswell Haul Route – update”, BBV document no: 1MC08-BBV-ER-NTE-N001-000001 dated 13/02/2019) has not been pursued.

As the Council and applicant will know, this document identified HS2/BBV’s proposed steps to a continuous trace-line haul route as;

  1. Establish Park Lane Compound off the A452
  2. Create a Haul Route from Park Lane Compound to Truggist Lane/Truggist Hill including temporary crossing of Bayleys Brook
  3. Create a haul route between Waste Lane and Berkswell Station car park area
  4. Construct the permanent crossing of West Coast Main Line by late 2021

HS2/BBV’s document states, “These steps will enable a continuous route through the Parish by the end of 2021.”

The applicant has failed to explain why a continuous trace-line haul route cannot be achieved in line with its own previous advice. Such a haul road would mitigate the vast majority of HS2 lorry traffic from the roads of Balsall Common. This approach was also expressed as HS2’s approach at the HS2 Implementation Advisory Group meeting on 21st March 2019.

Further, HS2 have failed to disclose to the HS2 Implementation Advisory Group their justification for not using Truggist Hill Farm bridge (as it is, strengthened or replaced with a temporary structure) as a crossing point over the West Coast Main Line for HS2 construction traffic until such time as the new Carol Green Rail Underbridge is constructed. This option would provide HS2/BBV with the facility to provide a continuous trace-line haul route and must be implemented to mitigate the need for the planning applications.

0 have signed. Let’s get to 5,000!
At 5,000 signatures, this petition is more likely to get picked up by local news!