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From: “Haidee Williams” <Haidee.Williams@ekfb.com>
Sent: Thursday, 1 June, 2023 10:12am
Subject: Traffic Management on Wormleighton Road from next week

Dear all,

I am writing to let you know that there will be 2-way traffic lights on Wormleighton Road from Monday 5 June to Saturday 1 July. This is in preparation for the new road layout, we will be installing drainage culverts.  These will provide effective rainwater management allowing the free flow of water under the new section of road that will be built here.

HS2 Works Notification: Precast delivery, Chipping Warden
We’re writing to let you know about some planned works that we will be carrying out in your area.

In Chipping Warden, we are constructing the Chipping Warden Green Tunnel. The tunnel structure is built using precast segments that are produced off-site.

We will soon be receiving the delivery of a particularly wide precast tunnel segment. This segment, which includes some additional design features, will require a lane closure for the safety of road users.

We will require a southbound carriageway closure of the A361 to allow the wide load to safely pass through the narrow sections of highway near Wardington. This will be the same closure area that we required in 2022 for our first deliveries.

To safely deliver this abnormal load, the southbound carriageway of the A361 will be closed off-peak, for a short period between 5am and 9am, on Sunday 12 March 2023.

We are planning for one wide-load HGV delivery and so It is likely that the road will only be closed briefly.

If we are unable to deliver on that date, we will, as a contingency, carry out the same closure on Sunday 19 March 2023.

Please see details of the works here:

Our work is subject to change – for live traffic information go-to one.network and please check on-the-road signs.

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If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk. 

Yours sincerely,
HS2 Community Engagement Team

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HS2 Proposed Working hours update – Greatworth to Lower Boddington

HS2 Proposed Working hours update - Greatworth to Lower Boddington

Posted: Wed, 08 Feb 2023 10:30 by Dick Stephen
HS2 have given details of their extended working hours.
A full explanation is in the attached document.

From: “Simon Davis”
Sent: Friday, 6 Jan, 23 At 14:15
Subject: Reminder and update on A361 closures
Dear all,
Happy new year from all of us at EKFB!
As mentioned before Christmas, a quick reminder that the two-week night-time closures of A361 for survey work is no longer proceeding.
The survey work was planned for Monday 9 January to Saturday 21 January 2023 – no longer going ahead.
Other work taking place:
There is a very short period of closure required for some line painting under the temporary bridge near our compound on the A361. The lines there are faded at that location, and so to improve safety, a line painting contractor be attending and the road will be shut for a maximum of 4 hours to carry out the work.
We have published a works notice, which I have attached and summarised below:
A section of the A361 Byfield Road will be closed between approximately 8pm-12 midnight on Friday 20 January 2023.
The work is weather dependant, as it requires the line paint to dry. Therefore a back-up date is booked in for the following evening, 8pm – 12 midnight Saturday 21 January 2023.
The four-hour closure period is a maximum, it may be open earlier as the area to be painted is quite small.
The closure area (in both directions) is south of the Welsh Road crossroads near the compound under the temporary bridge. All other roads are open.
From: Simon Davis
Sent: 16 December 2022 17:44
Subject: **Update** – Topographical surveys on the A361 – Night-time closures required in January 2023
Dear all,
I have good news about the Topographical survey work which was planned for the A361 in early January. We are aware that these surveys would have created some disruption to complete, even at night, given that they include the crossroads on the A361.
Having further liaised with our survey team, at this particular location, we have assessed that the survey work can be avoided.
We have therefore cancelled our planned traffic management and road closures for the A361 and Welsh Road night-time Monday 9 January to Saturday 21 January 2023 between 8pm and 6am.
Best regards
Engagement Manager
AWN - Notice of Road Closure Boddington Road Lower Boddington September 2022
EKFB West Northamptonshire Pre-app Meeting Presentation 25.08.2022

Temporary Crossing Point over A361
The A361 will have temporary traffic management in the form of traffic lights at the entrance to the Chipping Warden Compound from Monday 8 August 2022.
The A361 will also have a temporary crossing point installed from Monday 8 August 2022.


Overnight Closures A361 July 28th and 29th JulyAWN-Notice-of-overnight-road-closures-A361-July-2022

Utility Surveys Boddington and Wormleighton
Trial hole survey presentation_Banbury_Rd_Aug_22(1)

Road Closures A361 and Byfield Road July/August 2022
FUS_AWN_0307HS2-EW-Fusion -Ph1-Ar-Ce-C2-Traf-2-

Chipping Warden Green Tunnel – Road Closures

HS2 Works Notification: Road closure, Wormleighton Road, February 2022

We’re writing to let you know about some planned works that we will be carrying out in your area.

During our main construction works, we will be using internal haul and access roads for our construction traffic, reducing the amount of construction traffic on the local highways. To achieve this we need to build a highway crossing point on Wormleighton Road.

A strengthened road surface will be created using concrete to ensure that we protect the road and any utilities underneath it for the duration of our works.

Due to the Wormleighton Road being narrow, and as the preparatory works will require large plant and machinery, we are required to fully close this section of road, 24 hours a day. This is for the safety of road users and our staff and will allow time for the concrete to set.

Wormleighton Road will be fully closed, 24 hours a day, from Monday 21 February to Monday 7 March, including weekends, with a diversion in place.

We will work to open the roads to reduce disruption as soon as possible.

Please see details of the works here:

If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk. 

Yours sincerely,
HS2 Community Engagement team

HS2: Subject: Discovery of significant archaeological site in South Northamptonshire
Ahead of the construction of HS2 we have been undertaking archaeology surveys and excavations at Blackgrounds, near to Chipping Warden, Northamptonshire.
MHI (Mola Headland Infrastructure), who are leading the archaeology works, have been involved with the site from geophysics to evaluation and now mitigation over the last 5 years and during this time have had a team of up to 80 archaeologists working on the site.

Due to the exciting finds and information gathered about Blackgrounds, some of the national papers will be running an article on the site in the next coming days. There will also be a press release tomorrow which will be published on HS2 website.

In addition to this you will be able to view more about the site on BBC2 Digging For Britain on 11 January 2022 at 8pm.

Kind regards
Cher Snudden
Head of Community Engagement

Last autumn, on Claydon Road, we constructed our Site Access Road. We now need to complete our ‘Haul Road’ for heavy plant and construction equipment to safely move up and down the HS2 route.

We will create a strengthened surface using concrete to ensure that we protect the road and any utilities underneath it. It may also be necessary to remove localised areas of vegetation to enable future works to continue and to allow access to areas of our site.

An internal haul road will provide a dedicated access route for our heavy construction vehicles and significantly reduce our impacts on the local highway.

Claydon Road will be fully closed, 24 hours a day, including at the weekends, from Monday 7 February to Monday 21 February, with a diversion in place.

We will work to open the roads to reduce disruption as soon as possible.

A copy of the Advanced Work Notice is available here:

A361 Temporary Two-Way Traffic Lights
Monday 24th January for approximately 6 weeks

HS2 Works Notification: Traffic management, A361, Byfield Road, Chipping Warden
We’re writing to let you know about some planned works that we will be carrying out in your area.

As our preparatory works continue, we need to safely access the construction area next to the A361, Byfield Road, north of Chipping Warden. This will require the construction of a temporary access junction on the east side of the Byfield Road.
In order to complete these works, we will need to introduce traffic management in the form of temporary two-way traffic lights from Monday 24th January, for approximately six weeks. These traffic lights may be in operation for 24 hours a day during our works and some additional weekend working may also take place as required.
We will work to reopen the roads as soon as possible and we would advise allowing more time to complete your journey during this time.
Please see details of the works here:

If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk. 

Yours sincerely,
HS2 Community Engagement team

Temporary Road Closure Kineton Road, Southam
For more information, click on the link below:
View or download our works notification
Trafford Bridge Closure:
Our Structures team have asked us to circulate the following information regarding an upcoming road closure to allow repairs to be made to Trafford bridge.
Location: Welsh Road crossing the River Cherwell. WNC Ref. 3003 Trafford Bridge.
Duration: Up to 4 weeks.
Anticipated Start Date: January 24th 2022.
Work Required: Repair works to both the east and west parapets following separate vehicle impacts. Our road closure has been delayed following liaison with HS2, whereby we have allowed them to use the structure for the marshland translocation. However, we now need to mobilise our works to repair the structure.
It will be a 24-hour closure for the 4 week window. We will have plant, office, welfare and materials stored on the carriageway.

HS2 Works Notification: Temporary road closure, Edgcote Lane
We’re writing to let you know about some planned works that we will be carrying out in your area.

As the project progresses, it is necessary to carry out essential Ground Investigation surveys. These surveys help us learn more about the land we will be working on.

Our surveys will be carried out over four days at the junction of Edgcote Lane with Welsh Road. We are required to close a section of Edgcote Lane for the duration of the works.

For reasons of safety, there will also be temporary traffic lights at the junction of Edgcote Lane with Welsh Road. This is for the safety of road users and our staff because the Trafford Bridge is very narrow.

A section of Edgcote Lane will be closed on the following week days: Thursday 4 November to Friday 5 November and Monday 8 November to Tuesday 9 November. To reduce disruption as much as possible, we do not intend to close this road over the weekend and it will only be introduced off peak from 9.00am to 4.00pm, with a local diversion in place.

Please see details of the works here:

If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk. 

Yours sincerely,
HS2 Community Engagement team

Notice of road closures Wormleighton Sept 2021

HS2 Work at Trafford Bridge June 2021 – March 2022
Read update

Blackgrounds Archaeology Webinar
Invitation to the Blackgrounds Archaeology Webinar: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/blackgrounds-archaeology-update-tickets-162304835131

Upcoming HS2 Main Works Virtual 1-1 Engagement Events
(NB this includes Aston le Walls)
We are continuing with our main works virtual engagement events in your area. We are offering people the chance to meet with our engagement team on a 1-1 basis.

We would appreciate if you could take the time to share these events with your local communities and on social media pages to promote the events to all.

Our next session for the Greatworth to Southam area (covering Greatworth, Thorpe Mandeville, Chipping Warden and Wormleighton) is on Thursday 22 July, from 3pm-7pm.

Book your 20 minute slot here: Greatworth to Southam Eventbrite Link

Who are the events for?

For members of public, landowners, local residents or businesses who have queries about HS2 works in their area.

How are they structured?

The 1-1 meetings are held on Microsoft Teams and each session is 20 minutes long. Attendees can submit themes or questions ahead of the session to ensure we can prepare information and maps in advance, and have the right specialists on hand, whether it be a member of Engagement team, Traffic & Transport or our Environmental teams.

If you have any questions on these events or any suggestions, please email us at Engagement@EKFB.com

Notice of Local Short Duration Road Closures
Document from: Carley Richards
Community Engagement Manager DC3, Fusion

Boddington Road – 19, 20 and 21 July 2021
• Culworth Road – 22 and 23 July 2021
• Claydon Road – 23 to 27 August 2021
Click here for the full document.

Update on our works
Updates for the Edgcote, Chipping
Warden and Lower Boddington areas.

Chipping Warden AWN 211 Road opening

Night Time Closures M40 Slip Road
The attached document gives details of the night-time slip road lane closures required on the M40 Junction 11.
This will take place over the period 21 June to 17 July 2021, between the hours of 8pm to 6am.  Click here.

Notice of Archaeological Excavations

HS2 update: Twyford to Greatworth newsletter, January 2021
Follow this link

HS2 Update
As the update below is rather confusing, HS2 were asked for clarification and here it is:

‘Apologies for the poor wording, I will arrange for it to be corrected.

I can confirm that HGV’s are not permitted to go through the village using either Main Street or Blacksmiths Lane. Our HGV route is from the M40 along the A361 to our works compound. The HGV’s will then move up and down the line of the HS2 route on our site access road that we are starting to form and is a priority for next year.’

Traffic Information Guides, Brackley to Southam, Winter 2020
For reference to the A361 please click on the Greatworth to Southam tab in this link.

Click for Lower Thorpe and Edgcote viaducts news, and to sign up for online information events.

A361 Crossroads Update
The west side of Welsh Road is now open but the east side will be closed till further notice.  Click here for more information:

Details re Chipping Warden road closures. 

Click here for information re on site archaeology, species translocation etc.

Information on HS2 drop in sessions can be found here.

Sign up with HS2’s link:
to be kept up to date with HS2 information including roadworks and closures.

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Copied from Friends of Boddington Facebook page (ask to join if you want to keep updated with HS2 news)

Eiffage Kier have formally announced that heavy vehicles will be moved through Lower Boddington during Mid May and June. See https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/…/1MC07-CEK-IN-NTE-CS07-…

Report of Meeting Thursday 21st March 2019
A meeting was organised for HS2 and their partners Fusion and Effiage Kier to update the Village on all matters HS2 and the A361 crossroads and Chipping Warden bypass.

The meeting was held on Thursday 21st March 4.00pm to 7.00pm, approx 30 villagers attended the ‘ drop in ‘ style meeting. Maps were available to see and explanations of the next steps and likely local issues during construction.

Dawnus Construction, the Fusion approved constructor for the Bypass and Crossroads have gone into Adminstration, therefore there will be a delay before they are completed. All the Heras fencing will remain in place as the site is deemed a construction site and has to meet regulations.

Most attendees voiced their real concerns about the crossroads current design.

It is hoped to have Ian Morris our County Councillor attend our Parish Council ‘ Open Meeting ‘ on Thursady 11th April, his portfolio is Highways and Transport.

Village Hall
There are funds available from HS2 (who are, even now, breaking ground on the Airfield) to support communities affected by the building of the new railway.  We could tap into this in order to upgrade / replace / relocate our village hall for the next generation to enjoy.  What should we do?  We could

  • Renovate the existing hall (roof, windows, doors, heaters etc), but the fabric of the hall is ageing and beyond its original build specification, so maybe not the best option.
  • Build a new VH in the existing location.  Ideally, this would involve digging out the site to give pavement-level access for those less able.  In the current space, we would always be limited in scope and we’d be without a hall for the period of reconstruction.
  • Build a new VH elsewhere, on the edge of the village.  If we could find someone willing to sell us a suitable plot, we could create a hall that would suit perfectly, preferably with some parking on site.  If we could find space, creating a kickabout or play area for the village children would be the icing on the cake.  We could then sell the existing site.

However, this project needs someone with time and vision to lead it – are you that person?  If so, please contact Wilf on 660455 to apply for the job.

HS2 Contact Details
As part of HS2’s commitment to being open and accessible for local communities, you will now be able to contact our helpdesk team using a new Freephone telephone number.

All calls are free of charge from UK landlines and mobile phones.

The Freephone number is 08081 434 434.  This number can also be found on our website www.gov.uk/hs2

Or email: hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

HS2 have also introduced a new Freephone mini-com number for callers with hearing and speech difficulties.  This number is 08081 456 472

Past Reports
A petition was presented to the Select Committee in Westminster by the Parish Council in response to the Environmental Statement. The main points were – To prevent construction traffic using Blacksmiths Lane and Main Street as access routes to the construction compound at the tunnel entrance/exit off Appletree Lane.  To move the midpoint auto transformer station and portal maintenance building from the east to the west side of the line away from the village.  To keep Appletree Lane; which will be closed to traffic, open to pedestrians up to the concrete path during the construction process to allow residents to walk their dogs.  To provide a roundabout at the junction of Welsh Road with the A361 to slow the traffic and make it safer for local drivers.  To construct a paved footpath from the village to the A361 to ensure the safety of pedestrians.  Other issues related to the construction period were raised i.e. control of dust, noise and disruption of natural water resources.

There has been no agreement to a footpath along Welsh Road to the A361. The Parish Council continues to investigate this through other channels. HS2 have agreed that construction traffic will access the construction site from the west and no related traffic will use Blacksmiths Lane and Main Street.  Appletree Lane will remain open to walkers as far as the concrete path.  The transformer station and the portal building, with associated access road, have been relocated to the west side of the line.

The Select Committee agreed to a roundabout at the junction. However, following a safety study by Atkins and NCC, the proposal now is to provide a staggered junction.  Although it is not in our parish, the Parish Council are concerned for the safety of residents at this dangerous junction due to the proposals for the Chipping Warden Relief Road and the construction site on the A361, and what effect these will have on driver behaviour in the area.  We will continue to argue for the best outcome possible for all, including pedestrians and riders.