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HS2 Consultation on Design

Dear neighbour,


I hope you and your colleagues had a wonderful holiday, and a Happy New Year!


Following Parliamentary approval for Phase One of HS2, we have been developing the design of the railway. This includes our Common Design Elements (CDEs). CDEs are parts of the railway with a standardised appearance which will give the railway a recognisable look whilst making the building of HS2 more efficient. We want all the visible elements of HS2 to be sympathetic to their surroundings, including the character of the area. CDEs will help us with this.


We are now commencing route wide public engagement on CDEs for a 4 week period in January 2020. 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). We want to hear your thoughts about some of the detailed aspects of these designs. This will help us with the final stages of our design work.


We would like your feedback on our CDEs. The information booklet and accompanying online survey can be downloaded or alternatively you can request physical copies of both documents by contacting our Helpdesk on: 08081 434 434 or via email to:


Please share this email with your colleagues, as appropriate, to give them the opportunity to share their views with us.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Thank you,



Best wishes,
Fiona Woolston

Engagement Manager




0777 659 2192|

6th Floor, Cornerblock,Two Cornwall Street, Birmingham B3 2DX

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