The Department has held no specific discussions with HS2 Ltd about delaying work on the Adelaide Road Vent Shaft. It is for HS2 Ltd to manage its construction programme and to ensure that works proceed as planned in order to avoid further delays and additional costs to the taxpayer.
HS2 Ltd has undertaken detailed ecological surveys within this area. The results from these surveys were used to inform the environmental impact assessment, as described in the Phase One Environmental Statement, and subsequent surveys have further informed design and any licensing requirements. HS2 Ltd’s local work also included a successful and beneficial outcome for the nearby Adelaide Nature Reserve and public access to it.