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11/10/2018

HS2 launches public consultations on railway extensions

HS2 Ltd has launched a public consultation for its construction plans for the Midlands and the North.

HS2 Ltd has launched a public consultation for its construction plans for the Midlands and the North.

Phase one of the construction between Birmingham and London is under way with 7,000 jobs supported through the project, which is set to rise to 30,000 when construction hits a peak.

Phase 2b of HS2 has already secured 2000 business contracts, and this figure is expected to rise as phase two progresses. The route is set to serve communities in the West Midlands, Manchester and Leeds.

Two public consultations have been launched for the phase 2b route, which will give communities the opportunity to respond formally to HS2 Ltd’s designs and proposed mitigation measures for the Phase 2b route. The consultations close on 21 December.

The public dialogue will be supported by a programme of community events, during which teams from HS2 Ltd will visit locations across the eastern and western legs of the Phase 2b route to talk to people about the design plans and the benefits that Britain’s new high-speed railway will bring.

Leonie Dubois, HS2 Ltd’s head of consultation and engagement, said: ”High-speed rail will play a crucial role in rebalancing Britain’s economy; driving business growth, stimulating investment and creating jobs right across the country.

“Through the public consultations, we are providing a more detailed account of how we propose to build the railway and minimise its impacts during construction and operation. We actively encourage people to have their say on the plans we have published today.”

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