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02/06/2011
Responses to HS2 Roadshows


"I attended the roadshow in Brackley with an open-mind but was disconcerted that it was presented as a fait accompli. I was not convinced and will now support the Stop HS2 campaign. I am researching the information you (and others) have supplied to reply to the consultation that ends in July. I will make family, friends and colleagues aware of the campaign. On a lighter note the 'sound booths' were almost laughable!" Andrew Barnes

"At the roadshow in Greatworth, I found the HS2 people to be completely useless.  They were uninformed, except for being familiar with their printed propaganda sheets, spewing responses that were unrelated - or inaccurate - to the questions asked.  The most they individually seemed able to cope with was to tell me that they were not the specialist in the area of my query and I should speak to another of their members to whom I had already addressed my query earlier, and received either no response, or merely umming and aahhing.

I had been warned that this might be the case, and if the HS2 folk could not give coherent responses to questions, they were meant to give out sheets on which the question could be written, then popped into a box to, supposedly, to be addressed by someone not in attendance at the roadshow.  To date, I have not received a single response to my issues – 8 of them, as I recall.  The sheets were not pointed out to me, I had to ask about them.  Those who had not been briefed before-hand wouldn’t have known they could submit their queries in writing.

The HS2 staff treated me, and all within my hearing, as if we were dim-witted and I saw no indication that they took our concerns seriously.

I am sorry this is slightly incoherent.  I am outraged all over again just recalling it.  All in all, a most frustrating experience.

On this Saturday last, I spent the afternoon with the Brackley opposition outside the Leisure Centre.  The response from most of the people on leaving was similar to mine.  It is interesting that most of them stopped to talk to us and signed our petition after they had seen what was on offer inside." Diana Stone

"Everyone bar one that I spoke to was massively against HS2 after visiting the road show.  I asked the one his reasons and he said that (i) he had been in Spain recently and that we (Britain) needed to keep up with other countries and (ii) it had taken him X hours to drive his horse to Liverpool recently, which was a disgrace.

Everyone signed the petition and many took away our documents on the consultation, very pleased when we said that we had given them the answers. Some people wanted car stickers - others didn't, even though I was giving them away.
 
Virtually everyone was scathing about their time in the Brackley leisure centre, where the Govt case was put.  The main comments were that the people wouldn't answer questions, saying it was outside their brief and that the evidence for HS2 was very misleading and biased.  
 
I didn't have time to go in but one of the staff came out to offer us coffee and so we chatted to him.  I asked him three questions. Question 1:  what is the basis for the assumption that all time on trains is wasted.  Answer:  it will be if the trains are so crowded that people can't work, i.e. because they are standing or sitting close together.  Question 2:  shouldn't the destruction of our countryside be a factor taken into considersation, rather than just purely economic arguments?  Answer:  that is outside my brief.  I am a railway engineer.  Question 3:  surely the Govt should be discouraging long distance travel, not encouraging it.  Answer:  that would be social engineering." Clifford Halvorsen

 

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