Latest Updates

January 2020:

HS2 are consulting on the design of the railway, which includes the Common Design Elements (CDEs). CDEs are parts of the railway with a standardised appearance. Public consultation on the CDEs will take place between 2nd and 30th January. The three CDE elements subject to the engagement are: parapets (part of bridges and viaducts), piers (another part of bridges and viaducts) and lineside noise barriers (used to compensate for the sound of high speed trains). Details of the consultation can be found by clicking here.

HS2’s enabling works contractor, the Laing O’Rourke and Murphy (LM) joint venture, will start overseeing weekend deliveries to their worksite off B4115 Ashow Road in Stoneleigh from Saturday 11 January 2020. Weekend work will be limited, involving delivering and moving materials to help build the compound being created at this location on weekdays. This weekend work will take place between 8.00am and 6.00pm for several weeks, and will finish up as soon as possible. No traffic management is expected to be required for weekends. 

If you have any questions about this work or would like more information, please contact the HS2 Helpdesk on 08081 434 434 or To learn more about HS2 in your area, and to sign up to receive news alerts about the project, visit

In order to enable HS2 to commence construction this year, areas of vegetation will be cleared before the birds begin nesting in the Spring.  Please click here for a letter and map which gives further information.

August 2019:

Between mid-August and November HS2 will be carrying out archaeology works in Crewe Farm. They are looking to offer site visits to some of the archelogy sites and if you are want to take part in this then please let contact the Parish Council via email at and we can help to make the arrangements. For more information, click here to see the HS2 notification.

Please click here for information about road closures near Stoneleigh Park in August and September  2019 as a result of HS2 vegetation clearing works.

Please click here to read the HS2 Update for October 2018

Highway condition surveys will be taking place in Stoneleigh and Ashow during October and November. Please click here for further information. Additional highway condition surveys will be taking place in surrounding areas - please click here for details.

The following update was received from HS2 Ltd on July 26th 2018:

As we move into the next stage of building the new railway, we are introducing security and safety support vehicles as part of our plan to ensure that the public and those working on the project, as well as property and sites along the route, remain safe and secure.

These units will be available along the Phase One route to respond to incidents and will be on patrol 24/7. Their tasks might include responding to a security incident or checking to see if property or a piece of land is secure.

There will be three units in each of the three HS2 areas along the Phase One route. Each unit will have two staff from our contractor and a vehicle. They will have HS2 identification cards and high visibility clothing with HS2 branding whilst on patrol.

Should a resident wish to check if a vehicle in their community is representing HS2, they can call our 24/7 Freephone Community Helpline on 08081 434 434.

Recruitment for the jobs was undertaken locally in each area, with a high level interest in the roles. Over half of the new employees live in counties along the Phase One line of route. 20% of the new employees are female, which is double the average for working in this sector. All of the new contractors have been trained on HS2 values and behaviours.

We wanted to inform you about this service in advance of their work beginning.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about this then please feel free to call the Freephone Community Helpline 08081 434 434

Presentations at Parish Meetings

On Thursday 14th June the Parish Council welcomed Ashley Jackson and Mark Smith from Laing O'Rourke / Murphy (HS2 early works contactors) and Alan Payne from HS2Ltd to a Parish Council meeting.

A presentation was given which provided details on early works which have already started, such as relocation of newts and archaeological surveys; plus any more planned early works which include the construction of the workers compound between Ashow and Stoneleigh and relocation of utility lines.

Councillor Bianco asked the representatives from HS2 to ensure that the impact of the worker’s compound on the villages of Ashow and Stoneleigh is mitigated as much as possible. The plans for the compound are being finalised and will be shared with the Parish Council when they are completed.

 Mr Alan Payne from HS2 Ltd agreed that the Main Works Contractors would attend the Parish Council meeting on 11th October to provide another update. 

To view the full presentation including the map of the worker’s compound and proposed exit and entrance routes please click below:Stoneleigh PC - June 2018 HS2 Presentation.pdf

At the Parish Council meeting on 8th February, the Council heard a presentation from Alan Payne, Project Manager at HS2, Andy deBell, Engagement Manager for Balfour Beatty Vinci, the main works contractor for HS2, and Stephen Randall, Logistics Manager for Laing Murphy. The presentation included a list of planned works in the area along with proposed start and finish dates.  The Councillors asked for more details regarding the proposed worker’s compound off the A46, and full details of the presentation can be seen here: