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'Government Reports On HS2 Should Be Published, Not Kept Private'

'Government Reports On HS2 Should Be Published, Not Kept Private'

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 4:44pm 9th July 2015.

Keeping back reports, which could show HS2 wouldn't work, is just adding to the uncertainty people in Buckinghamshire are feeling about the project.

That's according to MP Cheryl Gillan, who's asked the government to publish the Major Projects Authority reports on the line for the last three years.

She says it could affect ideas for a longer tunnel under the Chilterns:

"Goodness, if it's going to be done, surely it's got to be done properly?

"I mean, I'm speaking, I hope, from a position of absolute common sense on this.

"I'm disappointed at the moment, I hope the committee incorporates a tunnel into the AONB, but it's entirely in their hands."

Responding to a parliamentary question from Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan, MP for Chesham & Amersham, Robert Goodwill MP, the parliamentary under secretary of state for transport, said:

"Major Project Authority reports are confidential: the reports are designed to provide government and project teams with a frank assessment of a project's progress and challenges at a point in time.

"The assessment is based on a review of documents and candid interviews with project personnel. Disclosure of these reports may cause future interviewees for this project or others to be less frank in their exchanges, undermining the integrity and value of the process."

Cheryl added:

"It just always seems, with HS2 Ltd and this project, that you've got to drag the information out of the people running it.

"If they believe that this project is the greatest thing since sliced bread, then they should be on the front-foot. They should be saying 'yes of course there are problems with this project, but this is how we're dealing with them'."

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