‘Keep HS2 traffic off of our village roads’

The junction on the A361 with Aston-le-Walls. From the left, resident, Alice Kirk and Cllr. Jo Wilson.
The junction on the A361 with Aston-le-Walls. From the left, resident, Alice Kirk and Cllr. Jo Wilson.

A parish councillor for Aston le Walls has been invited to appear before an HS2 select committee to call for improvements to road safety ahead of construction of the rail link.

Jo Wilson was due to appear before the House of Commons committee yesterday, Wednesday, to campaign for a change to the proposed route for HS2 construction traffic in a bid to minimise disruption to her village.

The junction on the A361 with Aston-le-Walls. From the left, resident, Alice Kirk and Cllr. Jo Wilson. NNL-150127-130121009

The junction on the A361 with Aston-le-Walls. From the left, resident, Alice Kirk and Cllr. Jo Wilson. NNL-150127-130121009

Three buildings related to the construction of HS2 – a north portal building, an autotransformer building and a temporary satellite construction site – are to be put in place near the former airfield at Appletree.

HS2 construction traffic going to and from these buildings is scheduled to travel along Welsh Road, through Aston le Walls.

Mrs Wilson said: “We have schools, a village hall and the road is too narrow so we are campaigning for them to bring all the traffic from Chipping Warden instead.”

The parish council has already raised fears that if HS2 construction traffic does travel through the village it could be a potential threat to the safety of children and parents travelling to school.

The council is also calling for a roundabout at the A361/Welsh Road junction to improve safety and for a footpath to the village’s main bus stop.

“It’s lethal that junction,” said Mrs Wilson. “On Welsh Road there is a bus stop for buses which go to Banbury and Daventry. Anyone using the bus stop from the village will have to walk down Welsh Road. We are asking for a paved footpath to the bus stop. It’s not safe at the moment.”

She added: “With HS2, it’s not like the motorway where anyone can use it.

“This will be of no benefit to anyone around here – it will only brings hassle. The pubs and perhaps the B&Bs might benefit during the construction phase, but what else are we going to get out of it? All we can do is get the best possible deal for our community out of the situation.”