The first HS2 consultation roadshow opened near Euston station yesterday.
A number of Stop Hs2 supporters went to have a look round, and take the opportunity to speak to the HS2 staff present.
It was hard though to know who was on the HS2 staff.
They had name tags on lanyards, but a number of HS2 employees had tucked the name tags behind their suit jackets, so that a casual passerby could not tell who to question about the scheme.
I did comment on this to one of the HS2 employees: numerous office workers in the area also had name tags on lanyards tucked behind their suit jackets so how was someone to know whether a particular person standing round standing round was there to answer questions? He said if they are still there after a few minutes, it probably meant they were on the staff. I tried this out: and asked a woman in a green suit who had been standing by the leaflets for some time whether she was part of the display. She wasn’t.
Alison Munro, HS2 Ltd’s CEO, was there (with her name badge on display).
It was lucky it was a nice day: many of the leaflets were in a pile of cardboard boxes dumped next to one of the gazebos. At first people helped themselves to copies of the leaflets from here, but later on the boxes had vanished.
Other leaflets, marked “do not remove” were held down by rocks, to avoid them blowing away from the gazebo. If it had been raining it would have been a miserable exhibition.
The mobile trailer was quite small: maybe they were not planning for many visitors, or maybe they were relying on the weather. And on the location list on the interactive display they had missed out Quainton, and possibly other locations as well. (The Quainton map was there, but you needed to look for it.)
If you were there, would you like to share your impression?