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THE chief executive of HS2 Ltd has apologised for the way in which the company has dealt with complaints from residents affected by the rail project.
The apology from Simon Kirby came following an inquiry by the Public Administration and Consitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC), which found HS2 Ltd to be guilty of maladministration.
Despite the apology however, MP Bernard Jenkin, chairman of the committee, said: “You are strong on intention and fine words, but you are short on delivery.”
When Mr Kirby apologised for the handling of complaints, Chesham and Amersham MP Chery Gillan responded: “Do you not feel this all far too little too late, and there’s been six years of damage done by your organisation?”
She then read out a long list of complaints from MPs along the first phase of the route.
Rail minister Robert Goodwill admitted that people along the proposed route felt like they were being ignored, but blamed a lack of staff within HS2 Ltd.
Stop HS2 campaign manager Joe Rukin said after the hearing: “This committee of MPs has quite rightly found that HS2 Ltd are great at making promises about learning from mistakes and treating people better in the future, but they are all mouth and no trousers, because no matter how many times they make these promises, nothing ever happens and they treat both residents and the MPs who represent them like an incovenience.
“It has gone beyond the point where HS2 Ltd can promise they will get better, because all hope that there could be trust in the organisation has long since been destroyed by their actions over the last six years.”
Stop HS2 chairman Penny Gaines said: “What the session showed is that six years into the project, HS2 Ltd are still failing to engage with people who are afflicted by the proposed railway.
“Claims that the management want to learn to do better are belied by the fact they have not got better.”
It has gone beyond the point where HS2 Ltd can promise they will get better, because all hope that there could be trust in the organisation has long since been destroyed by their actions over the last six years