Category Archives: High Speed Two (HS2)

Killamarsh and Renishaw HS2 Action Group

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The Killamarsh and Renishaw HS2 Action Group held a public meeting at Netherthorpe School, in Staveley, recently with representatives from HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport.

The meeting was well attended and gave local residents the chance to ask questions and raise concerns about how HS2 will affect them.

I know that not everyone got a chance to ask the questions they wanted and I hope that we can work with HS2 to arrange for them to attend more meetings in the future.

The group’s next meetings will take place at Killamarsh Leisure Centre at 7pm on 25 February, 31 March, 28 April, 26 May and 30 June. Everyone is welcome.


Killamarsh and Renishaw HS2 Action Group




The Killamarsh and Renishaw HS2 Action Group have been making progress and have persuaded HS2 Ltd to attend some of their meetings in 2016.

The last two meetings of this year will take place at Killamarsh Sports Centre, Stanley Street, on 26 November and 17 December from 7pm.

The group will also be holding another meeting in Staveley which HS2 have agreed to attend. This will be a great chance to put any questions you have directly to HS2. It will take place at Netherthorpe School, Ralph Road, on Friday 5 February 2016 from 6.30-8pm.


House of Commons debate on HS2

On June 11th, MPs in the House of Commons debated  HS2, in particular the proposed route through the East Midlands region.

The Secretary of State for Transport, Mr Patrick McLoughlin, was asked whether a final decision had been made regarding the route and station of phase two.

He replied:

“No decision on the phase 2 route and station locations has yet been made. The Government intend to announce a way forward on phase 2 later this year. I certainly appreciate the uncertainty for those people around the route that is being talked about, but it is absolutely essential that we get the best possible connectivity to serve the whole of the East Midlands. I think that we are all concerned to do that, but I certainly understand the concerns raised.”

At present, the route would destroy homes and businesses in our towns, and would cost an astronomical amount of money.

I hope that a route will soon be finalised, and will hopefully take into consideration the suggestions I have made regarding the passage through North East Derbyshire.

Why I Am Opposed To The HS2 Proposals

In this video, I explain why I am opposed to the Government proposals for the High Speed Rail 2 (HS2) project in the UK.

In principle, I am not against high speed rail as we do need long term investment in our rail networks. However, the proposed route is wrong and the cost is too high.

This route will destroy our homes, our businesses, a unique museum and the renovation of Chesterfield Canal. It will also provide years of uncertainty.

Peoples lives will change forever, and its effects will be devastating for us in North East Derbyshire.

The route must therefore be changed, or stopped, and I will continue to fight this in Westminster.

STOP HS2 – KIllamarsh and Renishaw Action Group

Read the latest from the HS2 Action Group here:

Who We Are
We are a committee of residents local to the Killamarsh and Renishaw area and have a vested interest in seeing this project ‘stopped in it’s tracks’.

The Committee:
Chairman- Peter Howarth
Vice-Chair- Russell Beal
Secretary- Jodie Howarth-Beal
Treasurer- Lynne Johnson
Officer- David King
Officer- Paul Philipson

At our monthly meetings the floor is always open to questions and suggestions so that you can have your say. We can contact HS2 on your behalf and we take any questions seriously.

How To Tackle HS2
If you need any information about HS2 the easiest way is to go online at or write to them at:

HS2 Limited
2nd Floor
Eland House
Bressenden Place

Your local MP is your voice in Parliament, whichever party they belong to. Please get in touch with them.

How Your Money Is Being Spent
The whole project is estimated to cost £33billion £43billion £50billion+ of taxpayers’ money.
Historically, every major infrastructure project has been grossly underestimated, so it is possible the figure could reach upwards of £80-100billion.

HS2 Chairman Sir David Higgins is pocketing a pay check of £591,000 a year, with the Chief Executive Simon Kirby on £750,000. This is compared to our own Prime Minister’s salary of £142,000.

Added to this are consultancy fees of £25million already, and this is before the start of any construction.

How Will This Effect Your Area
1- Your home is alrwady blighted as a result of the plans and you may be unable to sell your house
2- The Trans-Penine Trail (TPT) will be unusable between Renishaw and Sheffield Road in Killamarsh
3- Ross and Catherall will be cut in half
4- The Sitwell Arms, Old Court & Police Station and Garage at Renishaw will be buried under an embankment.
5- Half of Station Road and its cul-de-sacs in Killamarsh will be destroyed along with the small businesses/amenities that operate there
6- Funding for the Chesterfield Canal re-generation has already stopped as a result of the plans
7- Foot traffic from the TPT into Rother Valley Country Park will fall, reducing visitor numbers through our villages
8- Noise from the 18 trains per hour will penetrate into the heart of Killamasrh, Renishaw and Beighton.
9- Migratory birds and other wildlife may be made homeless due to the construction and operation of HS2.

Upcoming Meetings
Meetings are held at the Killamarsh Leisure Centre, Stanley Street, S21 1DY on the following Thursdays from 7pm:
29 January
26 February
26 March
30 April
28 May
25 June
30 July
27 August
24 September
29 October
26 November
17 December

Continuing The Fight
We hold or attend various events throughout the year in order to fact-find or raise funds for paper, ink, newspaper ads etc which we need to continue the fight against HS2.

If you would like information on how to donate please come to a meeting or contact the team here:


or visit

HS2 Letter to David Higgins

Read below my letter to Sir David Higgins, head of HS2 Ltd, and his response back to me.

Reply from Sir David Higgins


Letter to Sir David Higgins


HS2 Action Alliance

546247_379552958754751_830719736_nToday I wrote a letter to the High Speed Rail Select Committee in support of the HS2 Action Alliance’s (HS2AA) right to petition them next week.

The HS2AA have gathered a petition from thousands of people directly affected by the proposed rail line, and have worked with numerous independent experts to gather data and analysis on issues like noise, carbon emissions, biodiversity, as well as the personal costs to communities and people’s lives.

However, HS2 Ltd, the company responsible for developing and promoting the rail line, have challenged the right of the HS2AA to appear before the Select Committee and present it’s evidence.

This would leave the Select Committee without valuable information, as well as depriving all those who have worked with the HS2AA from having a voice, which includes many in our area.

I believe this would be wrong, and I have urged the Committee not to uphold this challenge. This would allow all sides of the debate to be heard, so that the views of those directly affected can be better understood, and hopefully the Government can start to re-think it’s plans.

A decision is expected early next week, and I will be closely monitoring this issue in Parliament.

Read more about the work of the HS2AA here