When 2-3 weeks becomes 203 weeks: HS2 letter typo causes panic in Walton Court

Mark Draper, who was written to by HS2 Ltd
Mark Draper, who was written to by HS2 Ltd

Blundering HS2 officials have admitted making a ‘glaring error’ in letters sent out to Walton Court residents.

Around 100 Aylesbury families were panicked by HS2 Ltd last week as letters suggested their homes may be needed permanently by the government if the £42 billion rail line is built.

The ambiguous letters quoted a ‘203 week window’ during which time work on existing pylons to power the high speed train line would be undertaken.

But Gareth Greene of HS2 said yesterday (Tuesday): “That was a typo which should have read two to three weeks.

“People won’t have to leave their homes.”

Mark Draper, who received the letter at his Dormer Close home, said: “They are so hell-bent on pushing this project through that they can’t do basic checks.

“I think to myself, if they can’t get the simple things right, without putting a spade in the earth, what else will they get wrong?”

Walton Court resident Tony Ganderton, 64, said he contacted HS2 and was told correction letters would reach him soon but Mr Greene said that they had no plans to apologise as fresh contact to affected residents would ‘inflame the situation’.

Aylesbury Mr Lidington said he was ‘fuming’ about the error.