As Transport Secretary hits the road, here’s what happened last time.

Much to the surprise of many, according to the Nottingham Post, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin will be holding a surgery for people whose homes are affected by HS2 at Strelley Hall, just outside Nottingham on January 13th from 9.30am. You can book appointments by calling 0115 943 6507.

What isn’t known at this stage is whether this will herald the start of a series of meetings along the Phase 2 route of HS2. This is the first time a Transport Secretary has tried to engage with the people directly affected by HS2 for over three years.

Here’s what happened last time;

One comment to “As Transport Secretary hits the road, here’s what happened last time.”
  1. From the MP’s newsletter, “this is not an event to lobby Patrick about the wrongs of HS2.” In my view, the MP is concerned about re-election. The seat is extremely marginal and the MP has always supported HS2. Hence this second propaganda roadshow at Strelley.
    It’s likely that HS2 has already cost the last remaining green belt land at Toton (adjacent to the proposed station). No public meetings about HS2 have ever been held in Toton.
    Local councils commissioned a report from Volterra for £35k on maximising the economic benefits of HS2 at Toton. The report’s only recommendation was to build a housing estate on the green belt land there. Interestingly, the report was concerned that any capacity release would harm Nottingham’s economy. (Half of the existing Nottingham-London services are already cancelled in HS2’s business case.)

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