Following information from HS2 Ltd that they “are not able to accept further submissions to the consultation once the deadline has passed and will not be included in the final report, these comments will then be dealt with internally and any questions asked will be responded to. ” I wrote to the Chief Exec of Stoke on Trent and the City Council Leader Cllr Pervez.
On the 19th March I recieved the below joint email from John van de Laarschot | Chief Executive and Cllr Pervez
Dear Mr Norris
Thank you for your email. I note you also copied Cllr Pervez with your enquiry and so this response is a joint response.
I can confirm that Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s submission was received by HS2 before the consultation closed and is currently being considered by officials. At a meeting with the Department for Transport last week we were asked to prepare further detailed, technical evidence to support our submission. Although the new Chairman of HS2 Ltd spoke out yesterday with his personal view on where a hub station may be, this was just that, a personal view. He does not have the authority to make a decision. The final route and any decision on where a hub station may be will be taken by the Secretary of State after due consideration. Continue reading