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BCU HS2 'great unbalanced debate', 23 Jan 2014

Birmingham City University will be hosting a panel-led debate, High Speed II – to be or not to be?, this evening (Thursday 23 January) at 6pm at The Parkside Building, “allowing the public to hear both sides of the argument”.

This evening, High Speed II – to be or not to be?

Last Updated: Thursday, 23 January 2014

Architects, council leaders, engineers and environment specialists will be gathering at Birmingham City University this week to take part in a public debate on the future of High Speed II.

With an estimated completion date of 2033, HS2 is the Government’s vision for a new high-speed rail network; from London to Birmingham and to Manchester and Leeds. Ministers have claimed that the new line will improve the transport network and boost the economy, but there has been controversy surrounding the route of the line and its effect on those living near it.

Formal Government consultations, for what is arguably the biggest transport project undertaken for a generation, is now fully underway – despite splitting the nation into pro or anti-HS2.

Birmingham City University will be hosting a panel-led debate, High Speed II – to be or not to be?, on Thursday 23 January at 6pm at The Parkside Building, allowing the public to hear both sides of the argument.

Chaired by BBC’s Evan Davis, presenter of Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme, ‘The Bottom Line’ and ‘Dragon’s Den’ and author of BBC Two’s ‘Made in Britain’ – the debate promises to get to the bottom what the economic and infrastructure benefits of HS2 will be.

Debate panellists:

Davinder Bansall – Glenn Howells Architects
Sir Albert Bore – Leader of Birmingham City Council
Shaun Spiers – Chief Executive, Campaign to Protect Rural England
Peter Miller – Head of Environment and Development HS2
Pete Waterman – railway entrepreneur
Chris Stokes – 51m Alliance

This year’s annual ‘West Midlands Great Debate’ will be held at Birmingham City University, in association with RICS, RIBA, ICE, RTPI, RCEA and the Landscape Institute.

However

  • all but one (Chris Stokes) of the six debate panellists are known supporters of the HS2 project
  • the ‘chair’ (Evan Davis) is an unabashed supporter of high speed grands projets like HS1, and a maglev between Manchester and Leeds
  • members of the public appear not to be welcome. To gain access, people had to register with, and sign up at, the website of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Evan Davis indicating his support for a Transpennine maglev on Twitter

Evan Davis indicating his support for a Transpennine maglev on Twitter

Evan Davis: the Chilterns are a white elephant

Evan Davis: the Chilterns are a white elephant

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Written by beleben

January 23, 2014 at 4:15 pm

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  1. If you go to http://matthewrobertfoster.wix.com/wmgreatdebate you will find a picture showing the three anti-HS2 Panelists – Chris Stokes, Shaun Spiers and Jeremy Marshall (any errors are mine, I cannot quite read the name-plates).
    So, if you are correct in saying that only Chris Stokes was anti then …

    strawbrick

    January 23, 2014 at 8:21 pm

  2. […] Part one […]


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