HS2 - Other Opportunities for South Yorkshire

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Dear Department for Transport,
The Secretary of State for Transport will know from the report of July 2016 from HS2 that states the new eastern routing would have “Opportunities for HS2 to serve other South Yorkshire destinations”.

As the only proposed, costed station is at Sheffield, how will they serve other South Yorkshire destinations? At what cost? At what impact on journey times? How will people physically get onto these trains from Rotherham etc?

Yours faithfully,

Peter Douglas

Dear Department for Transport,
you have chosen to amalgamate all my questions and then deal with them all outside of the freedom of information act. I strongly protest at your cavalier treatment of my requests for information. You do not feel that my requests are for information recorded by the department. So you are telling me that the department is unaware of what the Secretary of State does or does not know regarding HS2?

I had thought to give context to my questions for clarity but it seems this is too much for the department to deal with.

I will spell out my questions once more - these are specific and there should be records to provide answers.
1. Is the Secretary of State aware that the report of July 2016 lies regarding numbers of demolitions?

2. Is the Secretary of State for Transport aware that that the Sir David Higgins report of July 2016 shows that the new Eastern routing gives less connectivity to surrounding towns and thus makes a mockery of the "Northern Powerhouse"?

3. Please confirm if the costs of a station at Chesterfield or any required upgrades for the Sheffield Midland
route have been included within the stated £1bn savings?

4. Please confirm that the removal of so many homes – including the whole estate of Shimmer in Mexborough – justifies a 1 minute travel time saving to Leeds.

5. Given that the Secretary of State has insufficient sufficient information of the right quality to enable him to make his decision on the route fairly as the report of July 2016 is based on lies will he ask HS2 to drop this route which even in March 2016 was seen as the LEAST favorable route.

6. The report of July 2016 states the new eastern routing would have a “Greater Heritage and landscape impact” than other routes. This is one of the reasons this route was discounted in 2013. Is the Secretary of State aware of this?

7. Is the Secretary of State for Transport aware that the report of July 2016 states the new eastern routing “Avoids known mining areas”. Yet proposes a route through the Yorkshire Coalfield?

8. Opportunities for the wider area - s the only proposed, costed station is at Sheffield, how will HS2 serve other South Yorkshire destinations? At what cost? At what impact on journey times? How will people physically get onto these trains from Rotherham etc?

9. In the report produced by HS2 in July 2016 it states the new eastern routing would have “Performance risks to HS2”. Can the Secretary of State for Transport confirm that these unknown and undocumented risks are perfectly acceptable.

10. HS2 don’t know how many properties are to be demolished, how many will require mitigation of some form or another, no geological survey has been carried out on the route over the Yorkshire coalfield they therefore can have no idea of what that cost is likely to be. They have excluded costings for a Station or Thurnscoe or at Chesterfield but it is there as a benefit. Is the Secretary of State aware of this?

I wish these responses and questions to be a) reviewed internally and b) properly treated as requests for information under the Freedom of Information act.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Douglas

FOI-ADVICE-TEAM-DFT, Department for Transport

Dear Peter Douglas,

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for an internal review of the fourteen emails that you sent to the Department in October. We aim to respond to you on or before the 12th December 2016.

Regards,

Ivan Pocock
FOI Advice Team, Group Commercial Services Directorate

Department for Transport
D/04, Ashdown House
Sedlescombe Road North,
St Leonards on Sea, TN37 7GA

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highspeedrail, Department for Transport

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Mr Douglas,

 

Please find attached a response to your recent correspondence.

 

As you are already aware your 14 requests have been handled outside of the
FOI Act because we do not consider them to be requests for recorded
information held by the Department. This is because your correspondence is
a mixture of statements, questions, and requests for confirmation that the
Secretary of State for Transport is aware of certain issues with regard to
the High Speed Rail project.

 

Many thanks,

Rachel

 

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FOI-ADVICE-TEAM-DFT, Department for Transport

Dear Peter Douglas

I am carrying out the independent Internal Review into the Department for Transport's handling of your recent information requests.

I am writing to advise you that I require further time to establish whether the Department holds recorded information in relation to the individual questions which you raised and to complete my Review. I expect to be in a position to communicate my findings to you by 23 December. Please accept my apologies for the fact that it hasn't been possible for me to complete the Review within 20 working days.

Your sincerely

P Parr

P Parr | FOI Manager, FOI Advice Team, Information & Security Division, Department for Transport

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FOI-ADVICE-TEAM-DFT, Department for Transport

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Dear Mr Douglas

You requested an Internal Review into the Department for Transport's handling of your information request. I have now carried out an independent Review. Attached is a letter which sets out my findings.

Kind regards

P Parr

P Parr | FOI Manager, FOI Advice Team, Information & Security Division, Department for Transport

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