Early HS2 statement ‘smacks of a done deal’

Anti HS2 beacon on the railway line at Portway Farm Twyford.'110228M-A574
Anti HS2 beacon on the railway line at Portway Farm Twyford.'110228M-A574

THE leader of Bucks County Council (BCC), Martin Tett, has expressed outrage that the procurement process for contracts on the HS2 high-speed rail link scheme has been initiated before the end of the public consultation.

Public consultation on the controversial scheme ended on Friday, July 29.

But Mr Tett said, two days before this date, transport minister Philip Hammond had stated his intention to get the procurement process for HS2 contracts under way in the summer.

Mr Tett said: “This flies in the face of the democratic rights of those responding to the consultation and smacks of a ‘done deal’. Before the consultation has closed, before a fair and proper evaluation of responses has been carried out, before a decision has been made, Mr Hammond is committing more public money to a procurement process.”