Category Archives: HS2

HS2 Webinar 25th June 2020

Funding Schemes & Local Business Opportunities

Communities and businesses located near to Britain’s new railway are invited to a webinar on Thursday 25 June at 13:00 to find out more about the funding schemes and local business opportunities available.

HS2 locomotiveUp and down the line of route, over 100 projects have already received funding through the HS2 community and business funds, while over 1,000 local businesses are already working on the project, providing goods and services to help build Britain’s new railway.

If your business or community is near to the line of route between the West Midland and London and you want to find out more about the funding programme and local business opportunities available through HS2, you can sign up to their event below.

Find out more and sign up here to attend

You can learn more and sign up for the webinar here.

HS2 will be publishing video recordings of each webinar online, so if you are not able to listen live you can still learn about the funding and business opportunities available through on the HS2 YouTube channel.

You can find out more information about the HS2 Community Funds here and local business opportunities here. For more information about this event or any forthcoming HS2 events please contact the HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email

Aston Le Walls Road Closure

11/05/2020 to “end of July”

As part of the junction improvement works in Aston Le Walls being carried out by Fusion for HS2, there will be a full road closure of Welsh Road West.

This side of Welsh Road will be closed from week commencing 11 May 2020 until the end of July 2020. Whilst this road is closed a diversion route will be in place.

road closed and dviversion signsHS2 contractor Fusion, through the subcontractor Buckingham Group Construction Ltd (BGCL), will be carrying out the work which will consist of:-

  • Merging the new road layout with the existing road to form a staggered junction.
  • Removal of the present road pavement.
  • Utility diversion works.
  • Landscaping and planting

This will prevent access from the A361 to Aston Le Walls and Lower Boddington along the Welsh Road.

A map of the diversion (via Byfield and Upper Boddington) is available at the HS2 web site.

Back Road To Banbury Alert

HS2 Construction Compound Near Thorpe Mandeville.

Those of you that use the Eydon-Culworth-Thorpe Mandeville route to Banbury, please be aware that HS2 Contractors will be establishing a construction compound near the Sulgrave junction off of the back road to Marston St Lawrence and Farthinghoe.

Work is expected to start during “spring 2020”.

There will be additional traffic on nearby roads. The site of the compound is ringed on the map below.

HS2 Construction Compound near Sulgrave


More Details

Details of the work planned can be found in this fact sheet on the HS2 web site.

HS2 : Digging In Northants

Archaeology works starting mid-March until Summer 2020

As part of the preparatory works for HS2, construction partner Fusion has commissioned archaeological evaluations. Geophysical surveys and trial trenching will be carried out to identify areas of possible archaeological interest.

Click the links below to find download a bulletin with more about the works in each of these  areas:

We previously posted about work going on at Edgcote.

If you have any questions about HS2 or our works, you can contact the HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email

Chipping Warden Roadworks

HS2 Information Event

Find out more about Chipping Warden road works at a presentation on 12 February

HS2 is holding a presentation evening in Chipping Warden village hall on 12th February, 6;00pm to 7:00pm. This is an opportunity for you to find out more about the road works for the relief road.

At this event you will be able to:

  • talk to our staff about the road works on the relief road
  • ask any questions you have

You can download a flyer with more details here.

Relief Road Map

HS2 Feed-back Requested

Views on “Common Design Elements”

HS2 is seeking the public’s views on their plans for the railway’s “Common Design Elements”. Common Design Elements are parts of the railway with a standardised appearance which will give it a recognisable look and make it more efficient to build. They include frequently used structures, such as bridge piers and parapets, as well as lineside noise barriers.

HS2 locomotiveSince Parliament approved plans for the Phase One route in 2017, HS2 has been developing the design of the new railway and now are asking for the public’s views to help them to progress with the Common Design Elements.

You can find out more and complete a survey via the HS2 web site here:-

HS2 Common Design Elements Feedback

HS2 Drop-In Meetings

Wardington & Chipping Warden Road Works

HS2 are hosting a series of drop-in meetings for folk interested in the road works and road closures taking place around Wardington and Chipping Warden as part of the developments related to HS2.

Dates available are 27/11, 4/12 & 11/12.

Details can be found in this flyer.

Archaeology for HS2

Excavations on the Edgecote Battlefield

For those interested in local archaeology. Fusion, HS2’s contractors, have published details of the archaeological investigation work that they will be carrying out in the Edgcote area.

Knight at Edgecote 2009

From the re-enactment on the battlefield site in 2009

Trenches will be dug in areas that are thought to have been part of the 1469 Wars of the Roses battlefield.

According to the Battlefields Trust, Edgcote is on of the less well understood battles of the period, so it must be hoped that these investigations add to our knowledge of this local historical event.

Find Out More

You can find out more:-

Fusion’s announcement of the works here

A map of the battlefield (from the Battlefield Trust’s web site) here

Wikipedia article on the Battle of Edgecote

Battlefields Trust Resource Page for Edgcote

HS2 Ground Works

Details of ground works on the route of HS2 the between Thorpe Mandeville and Southam.

HS2 do not expect these works to have any traffic effects, although those near to them may hear drilling. We are posting this just to keep local residents up to date on the progress of things.

Thorpe Mandeville to Boddington

Boddington to Southam

HS2 locomotive


HS2 & A361

HS2 locomotiveAs part of HS2’s construction work in your area they have issued an update on progress being made on Chipping Warden relief road and on the work on the Welsh Road.

Chipping Warden Relief Road

As the work progresses you will start to see more activities taking place including:

  • Excavation of drainage ponds
  • Construction of the new highway
  • Installation of new drainage and other associated highways equipment
  • Diversion of existing underground and over ground utilities to enable the new highways to be built

Please see below maps showing locations of where the Chipping Warden works will be, the traffic management measures and the diversion routes:

Full road closures and diversion.

Welsh Road Junction

Regarding the Welsh Road junction in Aston Le Walls.

As the work progresses you will start to see more activities taking place including:

• Construction of the new junction

• Installation of new drainage and other associated highways equipment

There are a number of lane closures and temporary traffic lights planned from September 2019 to March 2020 on the A361, Appletree Rd and Welsh Rd.

Please see the below maps, showing locations of the works, traffic management measures and the diversions:

If you have any questions about the HS2 works, please contact the HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email

HS2 Work in Wardington

Fusion working on behalf of HS2 have issued an Advance Works Notification for road construction works on A361 through Wardington.

Works is expected to start in late October on the A361 though Wardington.

You can download Fusion/HS2’s Advanced Works Notification here.

HS2 Drop In Session

HS2 locomotiveHS2 are hosting a drop-in session to allow local residents to ask questions about the developments going on in the area.

The next one will take place in Aston Le Walls Village Hall, Aston Le Walls, NN11 6UF on Wednesday 9th October between 5pm and 8pm.

There will be staff on hand to answer questions and to talk about the construction of the Chipping Warden relief road and other local works.

HS2 Meeting 18th Sept.

Fusion, the Chipping Warden Relief Road contractors for HS2, are hosting a drop-in event at Chipping Warden Village Hall where local residents can ask questions about the works going on in the area.

HS2 locomotiveYou are welcome to drop in any time between 4:00pm and 7:00pm on Wednesday 18th September at Chipping Warden Village Hall, Culworth Road, OX17 1LB

Details available here… HS2 Drop In Event

A361 Relief Road Works

A new contractor has been appointed to take over the work on the Chipping Warden relief road according to this article on the Daventry Express website: Contractor Appointed for HS2 Relief Road.

More details on the work being done in this area can be found here: Edgcote, Wardington Chipping Warden HS2.

HS2 locomotive

Two Events For June

Here are details of two new events nearby this June, a presentation on archaeology from HS2 and a chance to find out more about moths at Canons Ashby…..

HS2 Archaeology

Chipping Warden Village Hall

Tuesday 11th June 2019, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Before HS2 build bridges, tunnels, tracks and stations, they are undertaking the largest programme of archaeology ever in the UK.

On the 11th June in Chipping Warden, they are holding an archaeological presentation about the scale of works being undertaken in your area and the findings to date.

Lead archaeologist for HS2, Nick Finch, will be bring along some of the items found and answer any questions you may have.

This event is organised as a Community Event by Fusion working on behalf of HS2. More information here on the HS2 web site.

Moth Morning

Canons Ashby

Saturday 29th June, 9:00am to 10:00am

Canons Ashby invites you to join them and discover the moths that call Canons Ashby home. See the moth surveying traps being opened on Saturday morning and have a look at some fascinating specimens brought by our moth expert. (If you drive past on the night of the 28th June and wonder what the lights are- they’re to attract the moths.) Please wear sturdy waterproof footwear as this will involve walking over uneven ground. £3 per person, does not include admission after the event. Pre-booking is essential (see this page in the Canons Ashby pages on the National Trust website).


HS2 Plans For Northants

Latest News From HS2

HS2 has published the Local Area Engagement Plan: Northamptonshire which provides details of planned works along the route in our county.

HS2 locomotive

The plan aims to do the following:-

  • introduces you to your local HS2 Community Engagement team and partners working on behalf of HS2;
  • provides maps showing where key works are in our area;
  • informs you about the different ways you can contact HS2; and
  • explains how HS2 will measure how well they are doing against their 10 Community Commitments.

Download The Plan

A copy can be downloaded from here:-

Local Area Engagement Plan: Northamptonshire

(Please Note: the plan does not appear to include any new information about the Chipping Warden relief road where work stopped following the collapse of sub-contractor Dawnus on 14th march 2019. The latest news on this that has been found by the Signpost is available on the parish council web site here: HS2 Update at