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Examination of Witnesses

Part of High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:30 pm on 11th July 2013.

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Nicola Shaw: Generally, that is a good thing when you are consulting on something. We have done a major piece of work with High Speed 2, particularly from the property and environmental team, which was at the heart of the consultation. It explained the process we went through, the things we learned from that. High Speed 2 has taken that on when thinking about how to design its team and consultation process. It has a long way to go. It is out now on the core pieces of the network we have been talking about, but it has been talking to us about what we did and the lessons we learned in doing it.

Our lessons continue. Some of the trees have not survived where we planted them. We have had to adapt and go back and talk to local people about what trees would work in that environment, and to ensure that they are happy with the evolution over time. It is not that you build it and forget about consulting with your neighbours; that continues over time.