http://azeriseks.info/casino-bonuses/jupiter-club-casino-bonus-casino-review/ I feel torn between being on the pro and anti side for the construction of the High Speed Two railway line. There are many positive benefits to the construction of HS2 as well as negative impacts while I believe the proposed cost of HS2 could be more efficiently used to upgrade and provide extra capacity on our largely late Victorian railway network, bringing it up to a modern and efficient railway network for the modern age. As an example of the positive and negative impacts of HS2, I decided to look at the route the eastern leg of HS2 will take through my old hometown of Long Eaton and the positive and negative impacts it will have on the overall area.

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HS2 Route through Long Eaton

The proposed eastern leg of HS2 will pass through Long Eaton by emerging from a new tunnel through Red Hill, South of the River Trent, crossing the Trent floodplain and Midland mainline railway on a 15m high viaduct, before following the corridor of the current low-level freight line through Long Eaton on an elevated viaduct to a new East Midlands Hub station at Toton Sidings. Long Eaton will be one of the communities most heavily affected by Phase 2 of HS2, during both the construction and operational phases. Close examination of the line of route maps suggests an incompatibility between the route of HS2 with residential properties at Trent Cottages, commercial properties at Manor House Road and possibly other line side locations. Lineside properties not demolished will experience visual and noise impacts, including around 70 residential properties at Bonsall Street, New Tythe Street and Meadow Lane next to the high-speed line, and around 130 residential properties at Conway Street, Conway Road, Chesterfield Avenue and Recreation Street affected by the widening of the current high level railway line for classic passenger and freight rail services following the closure of the current low-level freight line.

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East Midlands Hub Station

The original plans for HS2 had it routed along the low-level freight line through Long Eaton at ground level with level-crossings at Station Street and Main Street closed, effectively severing the town of Long Eaton in half with consequent negative impacts on both those residents and the economy of the town center. The Nottingham Road bridge on the A6005 would also have required demolition and a new higher bridge replacement to accommodate the higher trains and overhead electric cable. In the light of the overwhelming need to maintain good connectivity within Long Eaton and the severe physical restraints on the means to achieve this, the option of routing the HS2 line over all three major road junctions had to be considered and the new route option for HS2 through Long Eaton was devised consisting of its passing along the low-level freight line on an elevated viaduct.

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Proposed Elevated Viaduct

There are no technical constraints to raising the HS2 line; it is already on a 15m high viaduct over the Trent floodplain and a key technical constraint of the proposals is actually grounding it into the low-level rail corridor at an acceptable gradient. Maintaining the HS2 line at elevation would both reduce the gradient challenge to HS2 and improve the function of all three affected crossings; Main Street and Station Street by the removal of level crossings and Nottingham Road by the removal of a steep humped bridge.

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Trent Cottages

The elevated viaduct option still means the loss of ten railway cottages at Trent Cottages the site of the old Trent Railway Station along with the visual and noise impact of high-speed trains passing through Long Eaton at a raised level.

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Low-Level Railway Line through the center of Long Eaton

The East Midlands Hub Station would use an existing road link along Bessell Lane under the A52 to providing local access to the HS2 Hub Station. This link to the B5010 is considered important to provide local access to both Stapleford and Sandiacre without having to take a longer diversion onto the A52 strategic highway, especially for walking and cycling journeys which could not realistically resort to the A52. A new link road to the A52 would also be constructed allowing connections to the nearby M1 and motorway network. Long Eaton residents traveling by car would have to take a long way round to the nearby Sandiacre Interchange between the M1 and A52 to gain access to a railway station less than a mile away from the town center.

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East Midlands Hub Station footprint at Toton Sidings

On the positive side Long Eaton will acquire a more centrally located railway station at Toton Sidings that has the potential to not only offer high-speed railway services o the north and south but also act as an interchange for local railway services that could benefit commuters and shoppers travelling from Long Eaton to the nearby cities of Nottingham, Derby and beyond.

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Planned transport improvements to East Midlands Hub Station

So overall there are positive and negative impacts of HS2 to the town of Long Eaton with possible alternative solutions to negate the impact of HS2 on the urban area but overall I feel that I am still on the fence between being a pro or anti-HS2 supporter.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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