Stop HS2 are naturally disappointed that the HS2 proposal is continuing to be pushed forward by the Government.
Justine Greening promised a “rational decision”.
We’ve set out our view of the economic case and the environmental case in letters to her and other material we have produced.
However Justine Greening has consistently refused to talk to campaign groups and local politicians opposing the HS2 project, preferring instead to rely on summaries produced by vested interests.
The Coalition’s Programme for Government stated that the Coalition would progress with high speed rail “as part of our programme of measures to fulfil our joint ambitions for creating a low carbon economy“. But according to HS2 Ltd themselves, the HS2 proposal is carbon neutral.
Justine Greening, in her statement, points out that “Electrified rail is a comparatively low-carbon mode of transport…Speed increases power consumption“.
The vast majority of the passengers on HS2 are expected to have used conventional speed railway otherwise, or not travelled at all, so it’s clear that environmental claims for HS2 are simply greenwashing. (A mere 3% of HS2 passengers would have used air travel otherwise.)
The proposed tinkering with the route may bring small relief to a few, but whenever the line is moved away from one area, it is made closer to another community. Adding a few tunnels does not change the economic case against the line, nor do they improve the overall environmental case.
One thing is certain though. The fight isn’t over.
We will stop HS2.
Justine Greening’s written statement.
The HS2 documents released yesterday on the Department for Transport’s website.