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HS2 promoter makes its case to MPs

The HS2 select committee has opened for business with a lengthy statement from the project promoter’s lawyers.

The panel of six MPs, chaired by Conservative Robert Syms, heard an exhaustive outline of the proposed project from Tim Mould QC on behalf of HS2 Ltd.

Mould set out at length the promoter’s position on a range of areas that have led to challenges from opponents of the planned £43bn scheme.

Measures to control the impact of construction sites on local people would include codes of practice and a 24-hour complaints hotline, he added.

The committee will hear a further opening address from the Department for Transport tomorrow. It will then go on to hear from various petitioners against the scheme.

Plans for the rapid rail link from London to Birmingham and the North have been controversial.

HS1 chairman Rob Holden told NCE in May he thought the government had failed to secure public backing for High Speed 2, and that it should be reconsidered as a non-high speed line to secure its future.

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