North East Derbyshire's MP has told us he's speaking with the government and project leaders about people's concerns over the controversial HS2 development
The proposed high speed railway line would pass through a large spur of our area if it goes ahead- potentially affecting Chesterfield, Clay Cross, Dronfield, Staveley and Bolsover,
Lee Rowley spent time with multiple organisations talking trains and how to improve rail connections in our local area.
First, the MP met with High Speed 2, the new proposed railway line that will affect the constituency, to push for further information about its potential impact on the Chesterfield Canal and Staveley. Lee also enquired about how the electrification of the existing line between Clay Cross and Sheffield, including Dronfield, will be done.
Lee Rowley commented: “Many people in our area hold strong views about HS2. If the project happens it could have a massive impact on North East Derbyshire and Chesterfield.
“It’s important that we try to get more information from HS2 about how it will impact our area if it happens. We also need to scrutinise the detail so that we know exactly what impact it will have on places like Staveley, where a maintenance depot is planned.
“As part of my commitment to engage with residents on this matter, I’ve invited HS2 to hold a meeting in Staveley next month to explain, first hand, what their proposals are for the area.”
The maintenance depot proposed in Staveley would include a spur from the main HS2 train line for trains to receive maintenance at a facility. Currently, it is not clear what disruption the construction phase of this will cause and how the depot, which will largely operate at night, will work near residential homes.
Lee commented further: “I also met with Transport for the North, the body who are focused on improving rail connections in the north, to remind them that any proposals to split the Norwich-Liverpool service at Sheffield would cut-off Dronfield and Chesterfield from the North.
“I commuted on this route in the past and it would make life a lot harder for rail commuters if this service was to be split at Sheffield.”
Proposals to split the Liverpool-Norwich train service were first mooted last year and Lee Rowley has since been pushing for the route to be unchanged.