There has been some truly horrendous flooding in Yorkshire over the last day, with a month’s worth of rain falling a few hours.
The flooded areas include the Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield, which was so badly affected that shoppers and workers had to stay at the centre overnight.
Meadowhall is relevant to Stop HS2, because it was to be the original site of a Sheffield HS2 station, before that idea got ditched and replaced by a spur into central Sheffield.
HS2 is often touted in bad weather as providing an alternative to the existing rail network. Trains not running due to bad weather, ask HS2 supporters – that’s OK, it will always be sunny after HS2 and you’ll always be able to travel whatever the weather does. Except, that doesn’t really work when an entire district is affected.
Meanwhile building HS2 means cutting down trees and woodland (a known preventative for flooding), as well as the immense carbon costs of building HS2.