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High Speed Two

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 222797, tabled on 18 February 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will (a) list the assurances made to petitioners that have been breached by HS2 Ltd and (b) provide the dates and details of each of those breaches.

Answered on

26 February 2019

(a) There has been one incident of non-compliance involving three related Undertakings and Assurances (U&As), numbers 1969, 2553 and 1976 on the Public Register.

(b) This incident of non-compliance occurred in the week commencing 16 October 2017. The incident involved the removal of tree branches for security reasons without prior engagement with the Woodland Trust, as required by the assurance. As soon as HS2 Ltd had identified this incident, works were stopped and the Woodland Trust was notified. A full investigation subsequently took place, the investigation findings were shared with the Trust, and mitigations recommended as a result of the investigation were put in place.