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MP urges Solihull residents to take part in HS2 survey

SOLIHULL residents are being urged to take part in the next phase of the High Speed Rail (HS2) consultation process.

SOLIHULL residents are being urged to take part in the next phase of the High Speed Rail (HS2) consultation process.

The Government has commissioned an Environmental Impact Assessment, which explores the schemes potential harm to the environment.

The decision to proceed with HS2 was announced in January by the secretary for transport Justine Greening, despite the scheme being met with a raft of objections from communities across Solihull.

The Government intends to deposit a hybrid bill in Parliament by the end of 2013 to obtain the necessary legal powers to build and operate Phase 1 - the line from London to the West Midlands,

In preparation for the hybrid bill, the Government has commissioned an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the production of an Environmental Statement (ES).

Meriden MP Caroline Spelman said: "This is a technical consultation, conducted by HS2 Ltd, seeking responses relevant only to the scoping and methodology of the EIA process.

"This document defines the environmental topics that will be assessed as part of the EIA. At this stage, the document does not go into specifics about the level and location of potential environmental impacts, but rather sets out the survey methods that are to be used, which geographical areas will be included and the period of time over which impacts will be assessed."

The consultation runs until May 30. For more information, go to http://highspeedrail.dft.gov.uk/consultations/environmental-impact-assessment/scoping-and-methodology

 

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