Last week the founder and Chair of Ruislip against HS2, Lottie Jones, spoke to the Hillingdon is Here about what to say to prospective Parliamentary candidates in the run up to the General Election.
Emphasising that Stop HS2 is a non-politically aligned group, Lottie said to us:
“To raise HS2 when the candidates are coming around canvassing, is vitally important.
“HS2 should absolutely be at the forefront of the election campaign for everyone. Whether you are in a part of the country affected by HS2 or not, it absolutely does affect you.
“Every taxpayer will be contributing to the cost of at least £50bn.
“If the government needs to find £8bn to shore up the NHS and we’re spending £50bn on a deeply unpopular train line (that only 2% of the population will ever use) then it’s utter madness for them to squander our resources in persuing the project.”
“If you ask anybody what the most important way to spend £50 billion would be in the next 10 years, I don’t think anyone would say a railway.”
Whilst welcoming any support from MP hopefuls, she cautioned against reading too much into it.
“I think it’s great if any of the candidates from any of the parties turn up on your doorstep and say ‘I am totally against HS2’.
“But unless they can convince the party that they belong to to be against it – and scrap it, it actually doesn’t mean anything.”