Following 10 months of early design and construction proposals by HS2 Ltd, a series of community engagement events is starting next week between the West Midlands and Leeds, as well as between Crewe and Manchester (source).
These events and the proposals that have that been formulated for discussion in them, come after last years confirmation by the government of the preferred route for Phase 2b of HS2, Britains new high speed railway. They kick off at the Met hotel in Leeds at 2pm on Monday the 4th of June, lasting until the 14th July when they conclude in Crofton.
A total of 30 locations will be visited and representatives will be responding on a variety of topics, including environmental impact as well as the emerging designs themselves. Communities are being encouraged to attend to review the last 10 months of planning, as well as to understand what the proposals will mean specifically for each and every one of them.
These events are being held in advance of a public consultation later in 2018 on HS2’s draft environmental statement and associated proposals to minimise the railway’s potential impacts.
Phase 2 Director Paul Griffiths had the following to say:
“The benefits that HS2 will deliver are significant and should not be underestimated. The new railway will play a crucial role in rebalancing Britain’s economy; driving business growth, creating jobs and securing investment right across the country.
Understandably, people have questions and concerns about the construction and operation of the railway, and how it will affect them. These events present an ideal opportunity to talk to us about the project and find out more information.”
Details of the 30 events can be found here on the HS2 website
Further information available from HS2
High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd
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08081 434 434