The ICE is calling on civil engineers to share their views and expertise on the high speed rail plans launched last week, to form a consultation response that represents the industry.
The government’s consultation, which will run over five months, invites stakeholders to have their say on a range of factors relating to the proposed £32bn rail network which is expected to increase rail capacity to meet rising demand for long-distance rail travel, ease overcrowding on existing railways and slash journey times between major cities.
Responding to the consultation, ICE President Peter Hansford called for civil engineers right across the country to share their views with ICE over the coming months.
“We encourage members to share their thoughts and views with us, so the ICE can form a consultation response that really captures the expertise across the membership and provides an informative resource to the government when making decisions on this important project,” he said.
To input into the ICE’s consultation response, email your answers to the below questions and any supporting material to email@example.com by 27 May.
- Do you agree that there is a strong case for enhancing the capacity and performance of Britain’s inter-city rail network to support economic growth over the coming decades?
- Do you agree that a national high speed rail network from London to Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester (the Y network) would provide the best value for money solution (best balance of costs and benefits) for enhancing rail capacity and performance?
- Do you agree with the government’s proposals for the phased roll-out of a national high speed rail network, and links to Heathrow Airport and the High Speed 1 line to the Channel Tunnel?
- Do you agree with the principles and specification used by HS2 Ltd to underpin its proposals for new high speed rail lines and the route selection process HS2 Ltd undertook?
- Do you agree that the government’s proposed route, including the approach proposed for mitigating its impacts, is the best option for a new high speed rail line between London and the West Midlands?
The ICE will also be holding consultation events and workshops across some regions during the spring.
For further information visit www.ice.org.uk/hs2 .