High Speed 2 Railway Line

Transport written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom Conservative, South Northamptonshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of the Christmas period on the ability of those affected to respond to the High Speed 2 Environmental Statement Consultation.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The three days of public holiday over the Christmas and new year period are not considered to adversely affect the ability of people to respond to the ES consultation. In total there are 60 days in which to respond to the consultation.

The ES is designed to be easily accessible which is why it includes a non-technical summary and the area reports and map books in volume 2 are split up into 26 Community Forum Areas (CFAs) so people can easily find the information relevant to their local area. There is no need to read the whole ES in order to make a considered response. The vast majority of individuals responding to the consultation will be interested in the effects on their local area. The relevant CFA and maps, some 300 pages, would provide this information.

In addition, much of the information is already familiar to people having been contained in the draft ES, which was the subject of an eight-week consultation in 2013, to which 20,000 people responded.

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