Day after apology for overlooking evidence, HS2 Ltd is hailed as Civil Service example

Images from last year's HS2 consultation exhibitions
Images from last year's HS2 consultation exhibitions

HS2 Ltd is in line for an award for ‘use of evidence’ even though this week officials pledged to send an apology to all those whose evidence was overlooked.

The body in charge of the high speed line and the Department for Transport are both up for the Civil Service 2012 ‘Analysis And Use Of Evidence Award’ – which is sponsored by Aylesbury-based ESRI UK.

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On Tuesday the under secretary for transport blamed ‘technical errors’ for more than 400 responses, including some from residents in Wendover, being overlooked in the consultation into whether HS2 should go ahead.

The coalition have said the overlooked responses would not have made any difference, but the mistake is likely to form the basis of a legal challenge by anti-HS2 campaigners.

When asked about the shorlisting for the award, Stop HS2 chairman Penny Gaines, of Quainton, said: “I think their use of submitted evidence is appalling and I’m frankly quite shocked.”

An ESRI UK spokesman said: “The Civil Service live awards are run by Dods Publishing and, as a sponsor of the awards, Esri UK is completely independent of the nominations and the short-list process followed by the organisers.”