Graham Brady MP and Trafford Council leader lead campaign to stop HS2 cutting through Warburton

Messenger Newspapers: Richard Nicholls, chairman of Warburton Parish Council, Marion McNaughton, chairman of Warburton Action Group and Richard Clegg, farmer of Mossbrow Farm Richard Nicholls, chairman of Warburton Parish Council, Marion McNaughton, chairman of Warburton Action Group and Richard Clegg, farmer of Mossbrow Farm

GRAHAM Brady MP and Trafford Council leader, Sean Anstee, are spearheading the campaign to prevent the HS2 line cutting through Warburton.


Under current proposals, the line splits at Little Bollington with the ‘Goldborne spur’ cutting directly through the village of Warburton via a 100ft viaduct – destroying farmland and creating a ‘serious eyesore’, according to Mr Brady.


Although the Altrincham and Sale West MP is in favour of HS2 in principle, he does not believe it is necessary for the line to cut through Warburton.


Mr Brady said: “I have already met with the Secretary of State to call for the removal of the proposed line through Warburton.
 

“Now in the light of HS2’s revised proposal for a connection to the West Coast Mainline at Crewe, I have tabled a written question urging him to look again at the proposed Golborne spur.


“As far as I can see this greatly strengthens the case for axing it.”
 

Cllr Anstee, who is a councillor for the ward, said: “The Warburton HS2 Group make a strong case for the removal of the spur and continue to have my full support, as without its removal the environmental and visual damage caused to Warburton will be irreparable.


“Any infrastructure scheme will have consequences, both positive and negative, for communities however in this instance this particular section of the route is wholly inappropriate.”


The line is set to cut through the land of Warburton farmer, Richard Clegg, whose farm has been in his family for more than 100 years and whose land will be ‘very difficult’ to farm if proposals go ahead.


Mr Clegg said: “We haven't been contacted at all by the Government, just left to piece together what's happening from all the rumours and different sources.”
 

Marion McNaughton, chairman of Warburton HS2 Action Group, said: “We see no merit whatsoever in the Golborne spur, and are dubious about the optimistic claims that a high speed railway to London will bring benefits to the north, in fact we fear it will do the opposite.”

Speaking at the launch of the latest HS2, which was held at Manchester City Hall on March 17, Sir David Higgins said: “I don’t want to pre-empt anything on that.
 

“It’s really for the Government to consider all those submissions, and I have no doubt they will consider them carefully.”


 

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3:52pm Mon 7 Apr 14

DEUnwin says...

Will people get real? The HS2 line from Crewe to Golborne is the mainline, not a 'spur', taking through 'Classic Compatible' trains from the south and the midlands to the north and Scotland. The line to Manchester and the airport is the spur.

The closest to Warburton village the line gets is alongside the Saracen's Head pub, not directly through the middle, at which point it will be in a 16 feet deep cutting. There will be three viaducts, two low ones to cross the Bollin and another flood plain plus a high one to cross the Manchester Ship Canal. That, at its highest point, will be 100ft above the canal's surface but will be located behind old landfill sites. The old 90ft high cantilever road bridge across the MSC, located almost in the village centre, does not seem to cause any problems so why should a new bridge for an electric railway located away from the village cause problems?

As when the M6 was built access will have to be provided to any agricultural holdings severed by the route of the line. Count how many cow bridges and tunnels cross the line of the M6. On the subject of motorways how many people remember the proposed motorway to link the M6 to the M62 which would have followed almost exactly the route of the proposed railway? Another point is that it is intended to replace that stretch of the A6144 by the Saracen's Head pub with a new alignment to cross the railway which will take out the two bad bends between Partington and Heatley.
Will people get real? The HS2 line from Crewe to Golborne is the mainline, not a 'spur', taking through 'Classic Compatible' trains from the south and the midlands to the north and Scotland. The line to Manchester and the airport is the spur. The closest to Warburton village the line gets is alongside the Saracen's Head pub, not directly through the middle, at which point it will be in a 16 feet deep cutting. There will be three viaducts, two low ones to cross the Bollin and another flood plain plus a high one to cross the Manchester Ship Canal. That, at its highest point, will be 100ft above the canal's surface but will be located behind old landfill sites. The old 90ft high cantilever road bridge across the MSC, located almost in the village centre, does not seem to cause any problems so why should a new bridge for an electric railway located away from the village cause problems? As when the M6 was built access will have to be provided to any agricultural holdings severed by the route of the line. Count how many cow bridges and tunnels cross the line of the M6. On the subject of motorways how many people remember the proposed motorway to link the M6 to the M62 which would have followed almost exactly the route of the proposed railway? Another point is that it is intended to replace that stretch of the A6144 by the Saracen's Head pub with a new alignment to cross the railway which will take out the two bad bends between Partington and Heatley. DEUnwin
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9:23pm Mon 7 Apr 14

mms98 says...

Since when has a train line become an eyesore? Look at the amount of people who go to altrincham and hale trains stations when a steam train is due.

I would guess the farmer will be paid handsomly for letting his field become a trainline and the animals wont care either.

Pity they are not building a station there at the same time to allow the local residents easier access to manchester and the airport.

Good Luck HS2 Our Coutry needs you,LOCAL TRAIN BUILDERS need you, the engineers,builders and local economy need you as well!

LETS MAKE BRITAIN GREAT AGAIN!!!
Since when has a train line become an eyesore? Look at the amount of people who go to altrincham and hale trains stations when a steam train is due. I would guess the farmer will be paid handsomly for letting his field become a trainline and the animals wont care either. Pity they are not building a station there at the same time to allow the local residents easier access to manchester and the airport. Good Luck HS2 Our Coutry needs you,LOCAL TRAIN BUILDERS need you, the engineers,builders and local economy need you as well! LETS MAKE BRITAIN GREAT AGAIN!!! mms98
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9:26pm Mon 7 Apr 14

mms98 says...

PS

Why are they all wearing sunglasses on an overcast day ?
PS Why are they all wearing sunglasses on an overcast day ? mms98
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