National Trust statement in response to the announcement by Right Hon Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport, on the Government’s preferred route for phase 2, or Y of HS2

Peter Nixon, National Trust Director of Conservation, said:

“It is not for the National Trust to comment on whether HS2 is required. We are, however, opposed to the route chosen for the high speed rail link up to Leeds and Manchester where it impacts directly the Hardwick Estate near Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

“We are also concerned about potential indirect impacts on Calke Abbey near Derby, Staunton Harold Church in Leicestershire, and Nostell Priory near Wakefield on the eastern side of the Y route. The western link could have impacts on Shugborough near Stafford, Dunham Massey near Altrincham and TattonPark near Knutsford. We will be looking closely at the details published today to assess the impacts.

“Although opposed to the route our intention is to engage as widely as possible, with the Department for Transport, HS2 Ltd, as well as local and regional stakeholders and communities.

“This is the approach we have adopted on phase 1 between London and Birmingham. We believe it is the most effective way of ensuring the scheme is the best it can possibly be in respect of its final alignment and in terms of agreeing high quality design and mitigation standards.”

If you would like more information:

Steve Field, 07824 544201, Stephen.field@nationaltrust.org.uk

Claire Graves, 07770 645230, Claire.graves@nationaltrust.org.uk

For details of the National Trust approach to phase 1 of HS2, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hs2.

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