HS2 noise to hit South Yorkshire residents

Questions from the floor at the Tinsley HS2 meeting
Questions from the floor at the Tinsley HS2 meeting
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Residents living along the planned HS2 route through South Yorkshire will be affected by noise from the high-speed trains, HS2 officials have admitted.

On the current route, ‘residual noise impacts’ are forecast to affect people living in Tinsley, Wincobank, Shiregreen, Blackburn, Worsborough, west Green, Cudworth and Royston.

Details of the affected areas were included in information leaflets handed out to people attending a public meeting about HS2’s plans for Sheffield at Tinsley Community Centre last week.

But the report said efforts will be made to mitigate the impact of train noise, including using earth mounds and special barriers.

Concerns were raised at the meeting by some of the people at the meeting about the prospect of noise pollution from the new high-speed trains and extra congestion in the area during the construction process.

Muzafer Rahman, of Tinsley residents’ action group, said: “The noise is not just going to affect one or two residents, it is going to create a lot of noise.

“It is going to affect the entire community.”

He said an alternative route should for the high-speed line should be considered by project bosses.

MP Clive Betts said the route has not yet been confirmed.

He added estimates have suggested building Sheffield’s station in the city centre rather than at Meadowhall would cost an extra £1bn.