Touch FM journalists have created a news special based on an HS2 poll on all the Quidem station websites to gauge listeners’ views.
News Editor Nick Jewers and Chief Reporter Anna Sills have travelled the length of the proposed high-speed railway line through the Midlands finding out what the project means for communities along its route.
Their journey will feature in a documentary this Friday, 8th February at 6pm.
The investigation follows last week’s announcement of the second stage of the line from Birmingham up to Leeds and Manchester. They also spoke to a Transport Minister, estate agents and rail experts to help answer listeners’ questions about the £33bn project known as HS2.
Quidem News Editor, Nick Jewers said: “The recent announcement of the second stage of the HS2 line is a reminder of the project’s scale and its potential impact on the region. It doesn’t matter whether you live near the line or not, HS2 is a major piece of national infrastructure affecting us all as taxpayers.”
Jewers added “HS2 is new and unknown to many of our listeners who only found out the route could go through their neighbourhood after last week’s Government announcement. There is a lot of positive and negative hype about high speed rail, our investigation cuts through that to find real answers to our listeners questions.”
Touch FM is no stranger to broadcasting news specials. The station was a finalist in the News Team of the Year award in 2012 and was nominated for Best News Special in the 2011 Sony Radio Academy Awards.