HS2 are intending to build a large electricity substation just south of the B5234 Abbots Bromley Road at Parkgate (I
mile west of Newborough)
To recap, HS2 are intending to build a large electricity substation just south of the B5234 Abbots Bromley Road at
Parkgate (I mile west of Newborough) where there are existing high voltage overhead power cables. HS2 then intend to
erect two parallel lines of pylons – 60 in total, between 28 and 39 metres tall.
Power will then be cabled
from this new substation in a south westerly direction, through Bromley Hurst and across the Blithe Valley to Newlands
Lane near Colton, where it will be used as the sole power source for phase 2a (Birmingham to Crewe) of
Following on from our report in November’s Bulletin a Steering Group has been formed with the Parish
Councillors from Newborough, Hoar Cross, Abbots Bromley and several affected parishioners, to try and mitigate the
effects of this.
The original proposal was for 2 power circuits to be installed from the Rugeley power station
site. Now that a 3rd circuit is deemed to be necessary for security of supply, this site, according both HS2 and the
National Grid, is apparently no longer suitable – hence Parkgate. Following a meeting with Michael Fabricant (who in
turn has written to the Under Secretary of State responsible for HS2), we have been advised that reinstating Rugeley is
not a viable option.
The one option we now have is to petition for the cabling to go underground. Because of
the initial disruption of this to the various landowners, we have written to them requesting their support. If this is
forthcoming we would intend to petition for this solution, by the imposed deadline of 15th March.
updates will be provided at Parish Council meetings and detailed in the meeting minutes. To access the full proposals
submitted by HS2 visit https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hs2-phase-2a-additional-provision-2-and-supplementary-environmental-statement-2-february-2019