Stop HS2 was sent this earlier today.
Message from Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Transport
Thank you to Stop HS2 Action group for publishing my response to the many emails and letters I have received since my appointment. I am grateful to everyone who has taken the trouble to tell me their views. As has been widely reported I intend to look at the issues around high speed rail rationally and fairly. I understand the strength of feeling of people living along the line of route. I know, for example, that people will be worried about the possible visual and noise impacts, or the potential effect on wildlife and the environment. People living along the proposed London to West Midlands line of route may also have concerns about the compulsory acquisition of land and loss of property value.
As a country we need to think ahead about our future transport needs. This Government believes we need to prioritise projects that ensure economic growth and success whilst also recognising that we need to be less dependent on carbon intensive forms of transport. High speed rail has the potential to meet this test, which is why the proposals have been put forward.
High Speed Rail: Investing in Britain’s Future set out why the Government believes a national high speed rail network is right for the future of the country. The public consultation provided a significant opportunity for the debate to be heard. Around 55,000 responses were received and are being analysed and these will be used in informing my decision on the Government’s policy. I intend to make an announcement on this in December.
My Department is not able to respond individually to the many emails and letters sent but I hope that I can give some reassurance that I will take considerable care in looking at the issues and I note the concerns that have been raised.