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Sherburn-in-Elmet and Chuch Fenton villagers check out HS2 route
Members of the public, from left, Nigel Pears, James Stephenson and Richard Pears, use the electronic map to discuss the proposed route of HS2 with David Orr-Ewing at the consultation event at Scarthingwell Golf Club
ENGINEERS behind plans for a high speed railway line have held a an information event in North Yorkshire to explain the impact on local residents.
People were invited inside sound booths to hear what the HS2 trains are expected to sound like as they race past Sherburn- in-Elmet and Chuch Fenton.
Computerised images also showed what the train and viaduct would look like from nearby properties in Church Fenton.
The information event, held yesterday at Scarthingwell Golf Club, between Tadcaster and Sherburn, was one of a series being organised across the Midlands and north of England as part of a major consultation exercise over the proposed second phase of HS2, which would see the line linked to the East Coast main line south of York through a spur at Church Fenton.
“These events are an opportunity to review the consultation information, understand more about the implications for your local area and speak directly with HS2 Ltd staff about the proposed scheme,” said a spokesman, who said about 200 people normally attended such events.
The booths illustrated the anticipated noise of a train passing 730 metres from Sherburn at 225mph and 170 metres from Church Fenton at 145mph, with the noise overlaid on recordings of the sounds of normal everyday life, such as dogs barking, bird-song and vehicles passing by.
Stephen McFarlane, head of community and stakeholder engagement, said the simulations, which had been independently validated, often surprised residents visiting such information events, who had expected the much greater noise which was typically created by Victorian railway lines without noise barriers.
But one Church Fenton resident, Nina Watson, said after visiting the event that her concerns had not been allayed, saying it had shown her home would still be affected by a rumble every time a train went past.
She said there would also be years of noise and disruption from construction work and an independent valuation had shown that her home in Sandwath Drive had fallen in value by £95,000, directly because of the HS2 plans.
Campaigners against HS2 also organised their own information event at Church Fenton village hall yesterday, with a giant inflatable white elephant outside to illustrate their views on the scheme.
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