HS2 Ltd, the Government owned company charged with developing HS2 and promoting it to the public , have started consulting the public on the proposals for HS2 along Phase 2 of the effected route today (17th July 2013).
The consultation will run until January 31st 2014, and specifically focuses on route and station options, with a cursory glance at the environment through an appraisal of sustainability. Notably missing from the consultation questions is the issue of compensation. This is a clear indication that, following a High Court ruling which declared the previous Phase 1 consultation illegal, there will be a further consultation purely on compensation for both stages. The consultation on compensation has not yet started, and is likely to finish before the consultation announced today.
HS2 Ltd held a consultation along Phase 1 in 2011, after which they ‘lost’ hundreds of responses. Twice.
The HS2 Consultation website can be found here.
Stop HS2 Campaign Manager, Joe Rukin said:
“While we encourage people to get involved and respond to this consultation, we know it will be a sham and we expect that anyone pointing out the flaws in HS2 will be ignored. Rail Minister Simon Burns summed up the attitude to expect perfectly yesterday (16th July 2013) when he told the committee considering the ‘Blank Cheque’ Paving Bill going through parliament that the Bill was about making sure there was more money for consultants developing HS2, and it was not about sorting out any of the problems with HS2.”
“ During the Phase 1 consultation in 2011, part of which was ruled by the High Court to be ‘so unfair as to be illegal’, over 90% of people said no to the majority of the questions, but were completely ignored, with many consultation responses lost altogether. The real crime is that people won’t be asked about the principle of HS2. That question was asked back in the 2011 consultation, which completely disenfranchised everyone north of Lichfield, and we are still waiting for the court of appeal to say if that was legal.”
- For more information, call Joe Rukin on 07811 371880 or Penny Gaines 07765 780553.
- Previous Stop HS2 press releases, including more details on the recent YouGov poll can be found at http://stophs2.org/category/press .