In a week’s time, on 13th October, politicians in the House of Commons are holding a debate on the high speed rail link, HS2.
It is vital that everyone opposed to HS2 contacts their MP, and encourages them to speak out against the project. One easy way to do this is by accessing the form on http://www.highspeedrail.org.uk/
You will have your own reasons for objecting to HS2. Some of the reasons we think it’s bad are:
- HS2 Ltd say that HS2 will not reduce carbon emissions
- Due to the route dictated by the design speed, HS2 will damage 160 wildlife sites between London and Birmingham, including ancient woodlands.
- HS2 Ltd’s passenger demand figures are based on projections up to the mid 2040s – far longer then anyone else dares to predict.
- Their projections of passenger growth ignores increasing use of telepresence videoconferencing and other digital technologies.
- When the full network is completed, construction will have cost £160m per mile – more then any other high speed railway in the world, but the time savings from HS2 much less then is typical compared to other countries high speed networks.
- People can and do work on trains now, so the economic benefits of HS2, which are based on time on trains being wasted, are much less then HS2 Ltd say.
- Full construction of the network to Manchester and Leeds will cost £33 billion in 2009 prices and will leave every household in Britain worse off by over £1,000.
- It costs the taxpayer half a billion pounds for every minute saved on the time takes to get to Birmingham.