The following was emailed to us by Doreen McIntyre of Harefield Against HS2: reproduced with permission. The files for particular areas can be downloaded from the HS2 Ltd website here.
I’ve started wading through the Colne Valley section, which is full of howlers. Most immediately newsworthy are probably the photomontages which still show the viaduct with no pantograph. The line is also shown emerging through quite dense, undisturbed vegetation to cross the Grand Union Canal on the viaduct while boaters float by blissfully unaware of the 198mph train above their heads.
They have also managed to miss a whole conservation area that sits next to one of their construction sites.
More seriously, their wording of the impact of the demolition of a particular, named, home is just appalling – “not significant”.
The noise contours are fascinating. It seems that HS2 noise will fade rapidly over open water, which must be a first.
I particularly admire their argument that the viaduct won’t detract from the historical character of the area because we already have overhead power lines and the M25 at our outer edge.
Harefield Against HS2
PS Given the extreme variation in the sizes of the file, Stop HS2 think that HS2 Ltd should show the size of the file next to the download link for every file. We hope that they will change their website within a few days.