It’s the last chance to respond to the consultations on the revised HS2 Phase 2b, with the deadline being 11.45pm on Thursday 9th March.
Unlike previous consultations, HS2 Ltd have decided only to ask about changes to the routes, specifically:
- Relocating the western leg Rolling Stock Depot
- Route between Middlewich and Pickmere
- Manchester Piccadilly approach
- Route around Measham, Leicestershire
- Route along A42 around East Midlands Airport
- East Midlands Hub approach (Long Eaton)
- Derbyshire to West Yorkshire (M18 / Eastern route)
This is obviously to get people to respond solely about changes to the route, and specifically only to those of local concern, opposed to making more general points. It is also almost certain that this approach will mean that when HS2 Ltd tabulate the results of the consultation, it will downgrade the overall weighting given to route wide concerns about the environment, subsidence, noise, construction impacts, etc.
Whilst you can fill in the official form via this link, it is perfectly acceptable to simply send HS2 Ltd an email saying and you can say whatever you want to, though obviously you still need to give your personal details and say if you want your response to be treated as confidential or not. You can also email in any additions you want to make to your original response. If you would like to email a response to the HS2 consultation, send it to email@example.com.
However you decide to respond, please remember the deadline is 11.45pm on Thursday 9th March.
Please update this page if relevant http://stophs2.org/news/16774-hs2-phase-2b-consultation-ends-thursday because https://route2b.dialoguebydesign.net/ is saying responses can be up to 3 May 2017 in some circumstances. Even though the original deadline has closed I will be making an amendment to my original response.
The HS 2 route near Wakefield goes through a corridor of natural beauty, and much needed nature reserves (on unstable old mine workings).
Surely any savings in time from London to Leeds will be negated by the extra distance incurred by travelling via Birmingham – adding extra fuel, and therefore pollution too.