Local MP Maggie Throup has given her initial reactions following the publication of two new consultations on the working draft environmental statement and Equality Impact Assessment Report for HS2 Phase 2b.
The Environmental Statement describes the design of the railway and reports on the impacts of its construction and operation, alongside the measures proposed to reduce and monitor these impacts; whilst the Equality Impact Assessment Report considers the potential effects of the construction and operation of the railway on the local residents.
Speaking about the reports Maggie said:
“On the whole I believe that these new documents mark a real step forward for HS2 and I was particularly pleased with the level of detail they go into.
“There are clearly those people who want to focus on the hypothetical negatives of the project, however what we have to remember is that the project is already supporting jobs at some 77 supply chain businesses within the East Midlands including in Erewash, and without doubt will continue do so in the future.
“I have worked hard to ensure both the Transport Secretary and HS2 Ltd understand the specific nature of Long Eaton, and in particular the town’s unique position as the UK Centre of Excellence for Upholstery Manufacturing.
“In addition, I am working with a number of residents and businesses that are affected, so ensuring they are getting the support from HS2 Ltd they are entitled to.
“I will continue to work with businesses and residents alike to ensure they get the compensation and the support they deserve and look forward to contributing fully to the consultation on behalf of my constituents.”
The consultation will run for 10 weeks, closing on 21 December, and is available on the Department for Transport’s website.