Who's the new chairman for the HS2 Project?

Posted: 28/03/2012

The new chairman of the HS2 project has stacks of past experience, working as a project director for the Chek Lap Kok International Airport in Hong Kong and was the executive chairman of the London Cross rail project from 2005 to 2009.

The reason why the Government has appointed a new chairman is because there are two protest groups against the HS2 Project, HS2 being an abbreviation for High Speed 2. The HS2 Project involves the construction of multiple high speed rail links from London to Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds including links to Heathrow Airport via the previously built HS1 that runs through the Channel Tunnel Rail Link to Mainland Europe.

The protest groups are against the HS2 Project are the 51M group which consists of local authorities and the second alliance is a ‘not-for-profit limited company’ that have already sent a letter to the Department for Transport stating that they have failed to comply with ‘the legally binding requirements of the Strategic Environmental Assessment Regulations 2004 and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010.’

So who is this man who has to battle against these two protest groupes to convince them that the HS2 is for the greater good? His name is Douglas Oakervee and he was the past president of the Institution of Civil Engineers. His role as Chairman will be involve overseeing the board’s developments and strategy, making sure the design and route for the HS2 has had environmental assessments as well as ensuring the high standards are of the HS2 are met that were promised to the general public.

Mr Oakervee has been appointed for between three to ten years depending on re-appointment agreements and his salary is expect to be around £120,000 to £140,000, the condition being present for at lease two days a week in the London office of HS2 Ltd.

Douglas Oakervee has commented on his new position. ‘I am excited about my appointment and passionate about the development of UK’s high-speed rail network and HS2 is a great step forward.’

Whose side are you on?

Do you think the HS2 Project will bring a ‘unique chance to address the capacity issues facing the British transport network and to promote growth in our major cities’ as Mr Oakervee believes, or do you feel it will be the opposite and turn out to be an ‘environmental disaster’, the opinion of the protest groups?

Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd

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