Our response to major Phase 2b HS2 consultation

View across the Great Pond towards Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

We have responded to a HS2 Ltd consultation on the Working Draft Environmental Statement, marking a key stage for those impacted by Phase 2b of the high speed railway. We continue to be very concerned about the impact of HS2 on special places, including those that we look after on behalf of the nation.

We believe that there is much more that HS2 Ltd need to do to address the impacts of the scheme and to deliver improvements for people, places and nature.

Whilst we welcome HS2 Ltd’s Environmental Policy, Landscape Design Approach and the Green Corridor Strategy we are seriously concerned that the commitments made in these policies have not been adequately followed through in the proposals in the Working Draft Environment Statement.

There may be opportunities for HS2 Ltd to go beyond direct mitigation and provide enhancements for heritage assets or improved public access. We also believe that HS2 Ltd should adopt a policy of biodiversity net gain. 

It is a major limitation of this consultation that details of vertical alignment and visualisations have not been made available in order for the public to properly understand the impact of HS2.

Visitors walking towards Hardwick Hall

How HS2 will affect Hardwick Hall 

Current plans for HS2 will impact several of our places, including Hardwick Hall.

Visitors walking around grounds of Nostell Priory

How HS2 will affect Nostell 

Find out more about how current plans for HS2 will impact Nostell Priory and parkland.

Aerial view of the Dunham Massey estate

How HS2 will affect Dunham Massey 

Read our concerns about how HS2 could impact Dunham Massey.

Aerial view of Tatton Park

How HS2 will affect Tatton Park 

Current plans for HS2 will impact several of our places, including Tatton Park.

The gardens in autumn at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire

Next steps for HS2 and the National Trust 

We're playing our part to ensure that HS2 leaves a positive environmental legacy.