HS2 Ltd have recently set up an on-line survey for residents near the railway line which they claim will “help HS2 Ltd improve its communications”.
What is interesting is the tentative nature of some of the questions – a contrast to previous bold assertions from HS2 Ltd that it will be built to the previously stated timeline and budget.
- “How would you prefer to receive information from HS2 Ltd between now and when construction of the railway potentially starts?”
- “If the project goes ahead, how often would you like to receive information from HS2 Ltd during construction of the railway?”
Certainly there is no assumption by the survey writer that that construction will start next year or even that HS2 is definitely going to be built.
We are however somewhat disappointed that one of the options on the survey is to receive “Basic information including benefits of the project” but there is no option to get information on disadvantages of the £55 billion HS2 project.