The Department for Transport has appointed a new Residents’ Commissioner to communicate with local residents and people impacted by the building of HS2.
HS2 is a high-speed railway being constructed to connect the South, Midlands and the North of England.
Given the size of the project, concerns have been raised by many people in different areas and Stewart Jackson will now be in charge of ensuring these views are heard.
HS2’s workforce will now listen to local communities to ensure the government maintains its requirement to respect people and places.
Mr Jackson commented on his new role: “As the HS2 project evolves at its heart is the residents’ charter and a commitment to treating people and places affected by HS2 with respect, empathy and sensitivity and ensuring a dialogue with communities is done in a clear and transparent way, not just engaging but listening and prompting action in a timely manner. I am delighted to have the chance to help shape this important work.”
“As we continue to build this revolutionary railway it’s vital we bring the public with us, supporting the communities around construction as we work to improve transport links and level up the nation,” added HS2 Minister Andrew Stephenson.