The Green Party are reconsidering their high speed rail policy at their Spring Conference, being held in Cardiff this weekend.
The motion for discussion has been proposed by several people including Prof John Whitelegg, who spoke at the Stop HS2 convention on Saturday and Stephen Plowden.
Stop HS2 have published a number of articles which may help you understand the environmental concerns about HS2.
- Why Stop HS2?
- HS2′s carbon emissions
- HS2 – Green Growth or Greenwash?
- Wildlife trusts say HS2 is ‘seriously flawed’
- The wrong type of leaves
- HS2 and The Birds
- Prepare your Ark
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The motion under discussion at the Green Party Conference:
C03 (C20) High Speed Rail
Proposed by: John Whitelegg(**), Jenny Jones, Emily Heath, Stephen Plowden, + 2 others.
Delete existing TR244 and insert new TR244:
Existing TR244 for reference:
TR244 The Green Party believes that long-distance service provision should not concentrate on high speeds where this will affect local service provision or take up an excessive amount of limited resources. The Green Party supports the principle of a new north-south high speed line which would reduce the number of short-haul flights within the UK.
New version of TR244 suggested in this motion to conference:
TR244 The Green Party believes that long-distance service provision should not concentrate on high speeds where this will affect local service provision or take up an excessive amount of limited resources. Current proposals for a new north-south high speed rail route are based on assumptions about continuing growth in mobility, energy use and CO2 emissions which are not compatible with green party policy. The Green Party does not support the current high speed rail proposals known as HS2 but will review this policy if and when evidence emerges that HSR is embedded within an overall policy context that can deliver reductions in the demand for transport, energy use, land take and CO2 emissions.
The Greens debated HS2 in the autumn as well, but decided to refer back the motion.