HS2 News

March 2021:

Notice of Archaeological Excavations local to Aston le Walls can be found Here

Ongoing 2020:

Approximately every 3 months an "HS2 Liaison Group Meeting" is held. Until the Covid19 lockdown started, these were held at the SNC offices in The Forum, Towcester. More recently, those meetings have been held using Microsoft Teams.

All local Parish Councils affected by HS2 can discuss the issues they are facing. Various representatives from the government and its assorted contractors working on HS2 are present to answer any queries. Aston le Walls Parish Council regularly sends representatives to join these meetings.

Draft notes of each HS2 Liaison Group Meeting (and many more HS2 related documents) have been collated by Evenly Parish Council and can be found at the foot of their page HERE

14 June 2019:

From: Chris James
Sent: 14 June 2019 10:56
To: Charles Lees
Cc: clerk@astonlewallsparishcouncil.gov.uk
Subject: RE: Wormleighton Heave

Hi Charles,

The first delivery went well early this morning, one more expected later this afternoon.

Next week's deliveries are expected to take place on Monday, Thursday and Friday.

Best regards


Chris James

Community Engagement Manager

Eiffage Kier JV – HS2 Team

12 June 2019:

From: "Chris James"
To: "Charles Lees","Clerk@AstonLeWallsParishCouncil.gov.uk"
Cc: "'
Sent: Wednesday, 12 Jun, 2019 At 15:48
Subject: RE: Wormleighton Heave

Dear Charles and Gill,

An email update following the email in May about abnormal load deliveries. We expect the first abnormal delivery to take place tomorrow and deliveries to be spread out over the next three weeks.

Best regards


Chris James

Community Engagement Manager

Eiffage Kier JV – HS2 Team

  • 2019 June 4th HS2 Community Event - Archaeology Presentation (PDF, 303 Kb)

    4 June 2019:

    Community event: Archaeology Presentation - HS2 Uncovering historic Britain

    HS2 Uncovering historic Britain

    Date: Tuesday 11th June 2019
    Time: 7pm to 8pm
    Venue: Chipping Warden Village Hall, Culworth Road, Chipping Warden. OX17 1TL

21 April 2019:

During the Parish Council Open Meeting on 11 April 2019, a question was raised about the use of HGVs on Welsh Road during construction of the heave test workings at Wormleighton. The following response has now been received from HS2:

Hi Charles,

Apologies for not getting back to you earlier, I have looked into your enquiry and can advise the following:

  • Delivery of construction equipment is being planned for the Heave site and is expected to use the route from the A361 along the Welch lane through lower Boddington.
  • This delivery is being planned by the haulage company responsible for transporting the equipment in conjunction with the highways department and the police. It is these organisations who are involved in selecting the route and they select the route that they consider most suitable.
  • Around 20 items of construction equipment will be delivered and this will be under escort probably over a few weeks.
  • Once we have firmed up details a bit more and dates we will send out an 'advanced works notice' in the usual way. Indications are that deliveries will be in mid or late May, I am seeking confirmation.

This does not change the advice we have provided at community meetings where we have advised that the route from the A361 along the Welsch road was identified in the HS2 act as a designated heavy goods vehicle route and we do not intend to be using it as a designated heavy good vehicle route as we have put forward proposals to HS2 to use the route along the trace (the line of the new railway). The two construction sites that we have set up and used over the past nine months – heave site at Wormleighton and ground investigations at Fir tree nursery – have both managed to be done without having HGV travelling past Aston le walls and through Lower Boddington.

In terms of managing community expectations I think it is possible that there will be occasions where HGV access may need to be along the Welsh road or through lower Boddington. There are no plans at the moment and I think that if we do need to use the access it will be isolated to a specific purpose, in low numbers and we will need to demonstrate to HS2 and the highways department that it is the best solution from both a community and safety perspective. I do think we need to clear about what we are saying which is that the route will not be a designated HGV access road for all the reasons that we explained previously.

I hope this clarifies things though if you have any further questions please do let me know.

Best regards

Chris James, Community Engagement Manager, Eiffage Kier JV – HS2 Team

2019 February 04th:

From : carley.richards@fusion-jv.com
Date : 04/02/2019 - 19:54 (GMT)
To : Charles Lees
Cc : Nisha.Mejer@hs2.org.uk, Simon.Cunningham@fusion-jv.com
Subject : A361 Crossroads - Aston Le Walls

Good Evening Charles,

I hope you are well, and have had a nice weekend.

I am sorry to hear you are still finding visibility poor at the junction. I have spoken to the site team, and the heras fencing will be moved further back from the road where possible.

Our Site Manager does use the junction on a daily basis in his car, and will review the situation daily. Any residents who are concerned over navigating the junction to go South have the option to go South into Chipping Warden on Appletree Lane, or through Upper Boddington and Byfield to get North. These options are also available if they need to go straight across.

If you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Many Thanks

Carley Richards

Community Liaison Officer


t: 07854268801

a: Fusion, 5th Floor, Cornerblock, 2 Cornwall Street, Birmingham B3 2DX

w: www.fusion-jv.com

2019 January 20th:

From : Charles Lees
Date : 20/01/2019 - 10:42 (GMT)
To : Nisha.Mejer@hs2.org.uk, clerk@astonlewallsparishcouncil.gov.uk, hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk
Subject : Heras fencing Aston le Walls / A361

Hi Nisha,

The Heras fencing that has been placed on the verge of the A361 at the Aston le Walls crossroads makes it difficult to see the traffic coming from Daventry.

I did talk to a person at the crossroads to voice my concerns and he took my details.

Even myself in a Ford Kuga found it difficult, you have to effectively try to look through the Heras fencing.

The person I spoke who said it might be placed thus because of the support poles falling into the ditch behind.

Surely for safety sake, the fence should therefore be behind the ditch and supported on the field flat.

There are many accidents at this crossroads and I feel the Heras fencing is not going to help.

The timing of the temporary traffic lights has been off too, not enough time being given to clear the crossroads before another set are given green to go, it is a four-way light system.

Please can you get someone to investigate both issues.


Charles Lees

Chairman ALW PC.

2018 August 26th:

From: "Nisha Mejer"
Sent: Friday, 17 August, 2018 5:56pm
To: "Nisha Mejer"
Subject: Drop ins


Our next drop in Chipping Warden village hall will be 11th September 3-7pm.

The poster should go on Commonplace website next week for you. Please subscribe to the website to receive notifications https://hs2innorthants.commonplace.is/news

Kind regards

Nisha Mejer | Community Engagement Manager Phase One C3 | HS2 Ltd

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2018 May 23rd:

After wide publicity, approximately 50 people attended the village hall for a presentation by HS2 and their contractors.

This was organised to allow HS2 to tell us the latest state of their planning on how and when the rail line would be built. This was to also include the proposed changes to the A361/Welsh Road junction.

Nisha Mejer - HS2 Community Engagement Manager

Chris James - Eiffage Keir Community Engagement Manager

Steve Beech - Fusion Sector Lead, HS2 Enabling Works

Lorraine Kelly - Fusion Community Officer

  • 2018 May 23rd HS2 Presentation (PDF, 2.1 Mb)


    • HS2 to send presentation – see document above.
    • HS2 to send Code of Construction Practice – here.
    • EK to find out the height of the viaduct in Boddington.
    • Various requests were made via petitioning – have these been adhered to? NM and CJ to have a separate meeting with Jo Wilson in the near future.