The petition tool on the Parliamentary website always gets taken down when there is an election, and it normally takes a while for it to get put back up. Well now it finally has been put back up, so of course we’ve got a new petition against HS2 which we hope you will sign it – the petition is here.
The text, which is just inside the very strict character limit is:
Cancel HS2 immediately and repeal the 2013 and 2017 High Speed Rail Acts.
HS2 is a vanity project, lobbied for by the firms who will make billions out of building it, at a time of continued austerity and cuts to essential services. Independent economists, rail experts and environmentalists have all heavily criticised the project, but Governments have refused to listen
HS2 is not a ‘magic wand’ to cure the North-South divide. All the international evidence shows it will reinforce the dominance of London and increase regional divisions.
In 20 years HS2 would deliver capacity where it is needed the least, with the lowest flexibility, at the greatest cost, whilst more beneficial rail projects have already been cancelled.
The official cost of HS2 has almost quadrupled since it was proposed in 2008, and it will carry on rising unless it is immediately cancelled.