‘Out­ra­geous’ to pro­pose rail company for award

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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