To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the information contained in the High Speed 2 Environmental Statement; and what assessment he has made of the effects of the amount of information within the Environmental Statement Consultation on those wishing to respond.
HS2 Ltd compiled the Environmental Statement (ES) for 18 months since the announcement of the route was made in February 2012. During this time, the information contained within it was peer reviewed by experts in their field to ensure it is of the highest quality. Whilst the ES contains much information, the amount of consultation that has taken place on the scheme has been extensive, as such those affected are in an informed position already. Furthermore, the ES is broken down into community forum areas to ensure that it is more readily accessible to people with an interest.