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HS2 Complaints Report Welcomed By MP

HS2 Limited apparently got their figures covering construction traffic impact on the A413 wrong, saying there would be a queue of 2 cars at peak times, but it would actually be over 90.

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 12:45pm 1st December 2015. 3-minute read.

HS2 Complaints Report Welcomed By MP

Chesham's MP says HS2 have shown again that they can't be trusted by people in Bucks.

HS2 Limited apparently got their figures covering construction traffic impact on the A413 wrong, saying there would be a queue of 2 cars at peak times, but it would actually be over 90.

It comes as an independent ombudsman claims complaints about the line aren't being dealt with properly.

Cheryl Gillan's welcomed the report by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, investigating complaints about HS2 Ltd.

The report, which is based on an analysis of how HS2 Ltd dealt with the communications of one hamlet in Phase One, presents 'a worrying picture' of the organisation's dealings, which the Ombudsman describes as falling 'below reasonable standards' and constituting maladministration.

This follows a Standing Orders Committee meeting in the House of Commons on Wednesday, which investigated non-compliance in Additional Provision 2 and Additional Provision 3 of the HS2 Hybrid Bill.

Lindsay Hoyle MP, who was chairing the Committee, described HS2 Ltd's compilation of the AP2 Environmental Statement documents as an 'absolute shambles', as 77 pages used incorrect information on bat surveys.

Additionally, a Freedom of Information request by Jim Conboy at the Chesham Society has recently uncovered that HS2 Ltd provided incorrect traffic information in their original Environmental Statement, concerning the capacity at the A413-B485 roundabout.

New figures show that the predicted morning peak queue on the B485, (2021 traffic with HS2 construction), has increased from 2 to 97 vehicles.

Cheryl Gillan said:

"The last couple of weeks has demonstrated HS2 Ltd's consistent failure to communicate effectively, provide accurate and timely information, and engage fully with affected communities.

"The report today demonstrates how a delay in communications and a lack of thorough engagement can cause detrimental long-term effects to people's lives and their wider community.

"This report also reflects the experience of many of my constituents. I hope that Parliament will continue to hold HS2 Ltd to account, as suggested in the report, to ensure that these failures do not happen again."

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