‘Outrageous’ to propose rail company for award
CAMPAIGNERS have called a decision to nominate HS2 Ltd for a community engagement award ‘outrageous’.
The company behind the controversial highspeed rail project has been put forward for a Most Interesting Award by Rail Media’s Rail Exec Club, designed to celebrate advances in rail travel.
HS2 has been nominated in the Community Engagement Activity category for its community forums during the first phase of the project, which will run from London to Birmingham.
It is up against four other nominees in the category. A statement on the award website says: “HS2 has developed 26 community forums for phase one of the project, based within five regional areas, as well as one planning forum and an environmental forum.”
This has come as a surprise to those fighting the project, who said they did not find the forums, which stopped running in the South Bucks and Chiltern areas in September last year, to be useful or informative.
Hilary Wharf of the Amersham-based HS2 Action Alliance, said: “Given HS2’s record in how they managed community relations, we find it absolutely unbelievable that HS2 Ltd should have been nominated for such an award.”
The HS2 Action Alliance is today (Thursday) to appear before the government’s select committee to discuss compensation issues for people living along the line.