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HS2 and Stoke-on-Trent, part four

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Part three

Having given the task of drafting its HS2 phase two consultation response to a PR company at a cost of over £100,000, Stoke on Trent city council now appears ready to commit further funds towards its plan to re-route the proposed Y network via Stoke-on-Trent and build a high speed station in the city. Up to £800,000 could be ring-fenced from the council’s Corporate Contingency “to provide the resources to procure the necessary expertise and analysis, to back up the business case to Government”.

In the first phase “up to £150k expenditure” could be incurred on a basis of “exemptions from an open procurement process, necessarily because of the time constraints, and the need to maintain the momentum with suitable technical expertise in respect of the business case”.

Given the shortcomings of the HS2 phase 2 consultation response provided by the Big Partnership, this should be a matter of some concern.

Written by beleben

March 6, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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