Leeds information event on HS2

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TWo information events on the controversial HS2 scheme will be held in Oulton this weekend - one of the areas affected by the recently-published route.

HS2 Ltd is holding a series of community information events along the Phase 2b section of the route between the West Midlands and Leeds.

On Saturday September 16, they will be in the main hall of The Oulton Institute, Quarry Hill in Oulton, from noon to 5pm.

At the same time, in the institute’s committee room, will be members of the ‘SOWHAT’ group - ‘Swillington, Oulton and Woodlesford HS2 Action Together’ - which was set up to allow members of the villages to have their say.

A post on the campaign group’s Facebook page says: “We would encourage everyone to attend the HS2 event and to drop in to speak to our MP and local councillors to air their view.”

The Government confirmed the route for the proposed High Speed Two railway on July 17 and launched a suite of property compensation schemes to which eligible residents can apply. Over the next two years the route’s design will be developed in detail as part of the work to prepare draft legislation.

At Saturday’s event, HS2’s experts will be on hand to talk to people about how it may affect them and what happens next.

Leonie Dubois, HS2 Ltd’s head of consultation, said: “We want to involve the public as we deliver it, so we are holding 28 public events for people to find out about HS2 and what the next steps are now that the Government has confirmed the Phase 2b route.

“I’d encourage anyone who would like to know what happens now on HS2 to come along.”

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