Aylesbury MP Rob Butler has strongly criticised HS2 Ltd’s contractors for their broken promises to local residents and businesses.
Speaking during Transport Questions in the House of Commons this morning (Thursday 17 March 2022), Rob said:
“Over the last few weeks, contractors for HS2 Ltd have brought yet more disruption and, frankly, despair to my constituents, especially in Stoke Mandeville and Wendover. They have misled property owners, they've gone back on reassurances and they've started work for which they have no permission, which has had to be halted. Will the Minister for HS2 please remind HS2 Ltd that its pledge to be a good neighbour isn't just a slogan, it demands action?”
In reply, the Minister for HS2, Andrew Stephenson MP, said:
“My Honourable Friend continues to be a real champion for his constituency - something I saw first-hand when he took me on a tour of problem sites across Aylesbury. I note what my Honourable Friend says and I'll be more than happy to relay the message to HS2 Ltd, whilst also reminding him and other colleagues across the House,that following my six monthly progress report on HS2 yesterday, there will be a meeting at 2 p.m. today with the CEO of HS2 Ltd Mark Thurston and myself, which he will be very welcome to attend.”
Afterwards, Rob commented:
“Time after time, HS2 Ltd has promised to do the right thing by local people. Time after time, it has failed to stick to its word. I’m glad the minister recognises the HS2 Ltd and its contractors have a duty to residents and businesses impacted by the construction of this unwanted railway, and I look forward to speaking directly to the CEO of HS2 to ensure he hears the message loud and clear.”