Today 31st October 2001, the Labour Party have announced an alternative route for HS2, the proposed high speed rail link. The proposal is for a direct link to Heathrow, with the line following parts of the M40, before rejoining the currently proposed line somewhere in Warwickshire.
Stop HS2 Campaign Coordinator Joe Rukin said: “For this proposal to come from Labour at this time is quite bizarre and it is highly unlikely that anything will come of it. The results of the public consultation are due in the next month or two, and Labour are now suggesting starting the whole idea for scratch. The strangest thing is of course that the route currently on the table is what the decided was their preferred route when in Government, whilst what they are proposing now is similar to what the Conservatives proposed when in opposition.”
“Moving the route is all well and good but it doesn’t change the fact there is no business case or environmental case, nor does it change the fact we can’t afford it. Wherever it goes, high speed rail is still a project which will only benefit the richest in society. We cannot understand this obsession with using high-speed rail to connecting airports.”
Notes to Editors:
1. For more information contact Joe Rukin on 07811 371880 or Penny Gaines on 07765 780553.
2. The Bow Group proposal put forward by The Conservatives whilst in opposition can be found here; http://www.bowgroup.org/files/bowgroup/The_Right_Track_PDF.pdf
3. People can sign the petition against HS2 via the Stop HS2 website; http://stophs2.org/news/378-petition-government-stop-hs2/ or directly at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/353