In an extraordinary call for responses to support HS2, Philip Hammond has gone to one of the few places which appears to be in favour of HS2 in an effort to undermine the public consultation process which he set up.
According to the Yorkshire Post, Philip Hammond said “Those who think it is a good thing – the vast majority of people I have spoken to in Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham, Derby and others, if you care about the project you have until Friday to make your voice heard.”
The five cities he mentioned, the ones where he says there is a lot of support, are the cities which expect to get a local HS2 station. Birmingham will be the only city connected to London in the first phase of HS2: Leeds and Manchester are expecting stations when the second phase is finished in the 2030s. The official documents for the current consultation imply that Derby and Sheffield might get a station close to them, but are not named on the plans.
It’s not surprising that these places support HS2: they expect to get the majority of the direct benefits for a £33 billion project which the whole country will pay for it.
At long last, Philip Hammond is acknowledging that opposition to HS2 is widespread: “A lot of people opposed to the project live a long way away from the proposed route” he said.
Lets face it, Philip Hammond is the minister in charge of setting up a biased public consultation to find out if the public agrees with the Government about HS2. And that the end of the consultation is near, and he is finding that the general public does not agree with the Government..
Hammond might be desperate, but he is a government minister, with the Department for Transport behind him and the support of the Prime Minster.
Don’t let Philip Hammond subvert the public consultation process: if you object to HS2, please make sure you respond to the consultation now, and add your voice to the protests against it.
Post to :
High Speed Rail Consultation
PO Box 59528
You can also use the quick response form set up by SNAG.