Independent commissioner needed for HS2 role
HS2 Ltd is on the look out for a commissioner to impartially investigate any issues or problems which arise during construction of the controversial rail line.
The project, which is due to begin construction on phase one between London and Birmingham next year, will plough through parts of Buckinghamshire, including the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
However, HS2 Ltd says it will bring “huge benefits” to the country, linking up the UK’s biggest cities and providing economic benefits. The company says it wants to make sure that any complaints arising from its construction work are investigated and mediated fairly, and therefore need to appoint an independent commissioner role.
HS2 Ltd’s managing director Jim Crawford said: “We want to be a good neighbour throughout the time we build this vital new rail network.
“A code of construction practice will also be put in place as we look to minimise disruption to local residents and businesses.
“But if there
are any problems we want people to be reassured that there is an independent commissioner they can look to for additional help.”
HS2 Ltd says that it has started the recruitment process for the role, and that the successful candidate will be announced shortly.
HS2 will be holding another community information event in Chalfont St Peter next month. The event is an opportunity for residents to find out more about the plans, ask questions, see maps and talk to experts in engineering, construction and the environment.
The event will take place on Saturday February 13 between 11am and 4pm at Chalfont St Peter Community Centre in Gravel Hill.