HS2 consultation extdended

A CONSULTATION on an environmental statement for the controversial High Speed 2 (HS2) rail line should be extended, says a committee of the House of Lords.

The House of Lords Standing Orders Committee has ruled that the HS2 Phase 1 Environmental Statement Consultation should be extended to February 27. This comes less than a week after the equivalent House of Commons Committee ruled it should be extended to February 10, from the original date of January 24.

The extensions are due to 877 pages being left off some copies of the statement sent out for comments.

Stop HS2 campaign manager Joe Rukin said: “HS2 Ltd have had their parliamentary timetable blown out of the water due to nothing else but their own incompetence.

“They have always been fixated with doing things quickly instead of properly, and yet again it is a case of more haste, less speed.”