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Getting lucky in Stoke-on-Trent

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Who got lucky,  writing HS2 nonsense for Stoke-on-Trent council? Stoke-on-Trent council leader Mohammed Pervez discussing HS2 on BBC tv

Stoke on Trent council’s HS2 phase two consultation response stated that “optimising HS2 impact to create supercharged growth in a new super-economy bringing together the North West and Midlands, accelerating the rapid and radical growth of Stoke-on-Trent – the UK’s 13th largest city” could provide

• 100% growth in the city’s output – from £5 billion to £10 billion

• 50% population growth to 700,000

• 125,000 new jobs generated by HS2 – total new jobs could reach 300,000 by 2033

• a 40% increase in property values, and

• 85,000 new houses.

And by ‘joining the Great Western Main Line at Old Oak Common and routing via Airport Junction classic compatible units could run from Stoke-on-Trent to Heathrow Terminals 1_2_3 and Terminal 5, in the existing Heathrow tunnels’.

As previously mentioned, a PR company, Big Partnership, was appointed to lead Stoke-on-Trent council’s HS2 phase two submission work, which was “exempted from an open procurement”. The Beleben blog can reveal that the cost to the council of that work, including the sub consultancy of Dr Alan James, Ryder Architecture and Dr Nigel Harris for “high speed rail, master planning, and rail matters”, was £79,183 (excluding VAT).

Under an ‘existing Highway Agency agreement’, JMP consultants provided initial support to assess the proposed high speed route and options available to Stoke council in responding to the consultation. They also ‘supported the report author in relation to technical aspects of the submissions including transport connectivity; costing and rail freight’ and the fee for that was £37,000 (excluding VAT).

BRE were appointed to assess the environmental impact as part of Stoke council’s proposal. The work was exempted from an open procurement and the fee was £10,200 (excluding VAT).

Mickledore were engaged to undertake economic modelling work as part of Stoke’s proposal. The work was exempted from an open procurement. The fee was £4,900 (excluding VAT).

Dr Alan James the expert (

Written by beleben

February 28, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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