HS2 debate extended

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Posted by APM on 17th Jan 2014

HS2 debateA parliamentary debate on the environmental impact of the High Speed 2 (HS2) project has been delayed because of omitted pages from the public consultation document.

The debate was due to take place following a public consultation regarding the 43bn project aimed at building a high-speed line between London and Birmingham, with plans to expand it further in subsequent years.

However, the consultation, which was expected to end on 24 January, has been extended by a further 17 days after a meeting of the Commons Standing Orders Committee.

According to reports, 877 pages from an Environmental Statement on HS2, as well as other errors, forced the committee to take action.

In a statement, HS2 Ltd, the firm behind the project, said: We are happy to comply with the Committees instruction to extend the Environmental Statement consultation period for a couple of weeks, to allow for full and proper consultation on some pages that were missing from the original material.

HS2 is the most significant infrastructure project the UK has seen in modern times and a project the country cannot do without.

The news comes just days after the new chairman of HS2, Sir David Higgins, pledged to complete the project within budget and deliver benefits to major UK cities faster.

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