Public consultation on high-speed rail plans

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A major public consultation event about the HS2 high-speed rail line is to be held in Sheffield over the next two days.

The English Institute of Sport, Attercliffe, will host sessions between noon and 8pm tomorrow, and from 9am to 5pm on Saturday.

A spokesman for HS2 said: “Our staff in the fields of engineering, environment, property compensation, noise mitigation and community engagement will be on hand to offer a range of advice and information to people attending the events.

“A special sound booth is also being set up to offer visitors an accurate recording of how the HS2 line will sound on sections of the proposed route.”

However, concern has been raised about the location, which has limited parking.

Coun Bob McCann, Sheffield Council Liberal Democrat member for Graves Park, whose constituents would have to take one or two buses and a tram to get to EIS, said: “A city centre venue would have been more appropriate.”

HS2 Limited said the decision to use the English Institute of Sport had been made by the company after discussions with Sheffield Council.

The agency said this weekend’s events have been publicised in advance and that there have been no complaints from the public about the location.