In March 2022, PHD Access arranged a visit for a group of local students from St Joan of Arc School to a nearby HS2 site as part of a school project. Among the students were Charlie and Niamh, both studying Geography, Economics, and Business Studies at A-level. They are actively engaged in a special project examining the impact of HS2 in the local area, drawing connections to their academic subjects.
The students learnt about some of the positive impacts that the project strives to do such as supporting local businesses and re-planting three trees for every one that needs to be removed. Another positive contribution that the Align project has delivered was to use the chalk and soil excavations for landscaping a play area at a local primary school.