High Speed 2 Railway Line

Department for Transport written question – answered on 24th July 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Green

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the construction of HS2 is likely to require drilling near, or in, the outer remediation and monitoring zone of the contaminated land site at Newyears Green Bourne.

Photo of Baroness Vere of Norbiton Baroness Vere of Norbiton Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Whilst test drilling has taken place as part of HS2 Ltd’s ground investigation programme, it has been concluded that no contaminated land is expected to be encountered. Throughout construction work continuous monitoring will take place to ensure that any previously unknown areas of contamination are identified.

During construction HS2 won’t be piling through contaminated land in this area and their activities will not affect the occurrence or movement of contaminated groundwater that may be associated with nearby landfill sites.

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