Posted by: braddenvillage | May 10, 2010

The High Speed Train Link & Bradden

High Speed Two (HS2)

As you may be aware the government announced in March that it wishes to build a new high speed rail link, named HS2, between London and Birmingham. The proposal is supported by all three parties.

The preferred route passes near Brackley, but there are two alternative routes proposed, one of which passes just west of Bradden, between the village and the Slapton cross roads.

The full report and supporting documents can be viewed on the Internet at: –

Chapter 7 relates to the Bradden route. Briefly, it states:

“7.4. Whaddon to Catesby

From the Whaddon and Beachhampton area to Wicken, the line would be at ground level after traversing a flood plain on viaduct at Beachhampton. From Wicken, the line would head north-west, passing East Ashalls copse SSSI.

The route would continue at or about ground level to the east of Nash, and to the west of Beachampton, and would cross the River Great Ouse near Mount Hill Farm. This would allow for the expansion of Bletchley/Milton Keynes into the potentially designated areas for new housing developments.

It would then run at or about ground level between Wicken and Deanshanger, then east of Whittlebury. In doing so, it would avoid environmental features such as Scheduled monuments, Park and Gardens. The line at this point would traverse Whittlewood Forest (a designated SSSI and Park and Garden). There is little scope for the horizontal alignment to change due to the close proximity of the Silverstone race track and the town of Towcester. There are plans for Towcester to expand towards Wood Burcote – this was taken into consideration and the line would not affect the development of the town. The line would cross a series of waterways including the river Towe and elevated structures would need to be constructed in order to cross these obstacles.

The route would pass under the A43 north of Silverstone, and there would be a viaduct over the flood plain before passing west of Bradden and Blakesley, and east of Adstone”

The download speeds available in Bradden (a topic I intend to return to) can make this a tortuous process. I have therefore obtained a copy of the main report and chapter 7 (in hard copy and CD) which villagers can borrow.

If there is enough interest I will call a Parish Meeting.

Steve Crowcroft

10 May 2010

Chair Bradden Parish Meeting



  1. Does it show this route on a map? Would ot actually go along the Blakesley Road, past Tite’s Copse?

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