HS2 Action Alliance need to raise £100,000 by the end of May
so we can bring our judicial review to the Court of Appeal.
Our case relates to HS2’s unacceptable impact on the environment.
If we don’t raise the funds by the deadline,
our chance to challenge the Government will be lost forever.
Please donate at hs2aa.org/legalfund
The issues are not only whether there has been illegal administration in the development process. The concept and planning has not produced a railway the local populations consider is worth the circa £50B.
The population of the Western outer London to Reading, Uxbridge, Slough, Aylesbury, St Albans Hounslow, Windsor, Ashford Middx all accessible to near High Wycombe by the M4, M25 and M40 is close to 1 million similar to Birmingham. By cutting across the Chilterns into rural Buckinghamshire and not curving from Iver/Denham to Bicester Aynho to Birmingham DFT and HS2 failed to provide a railway with real value to commuters and freight transiting London and Basingstoke/Southampton.
Proper consideration was not given to other options along the East Coast and nearer to the curve of the M40 by focus on cost and not damage to culture and environments.
There are objections but there could have been support for a significant railway route. The few people involved in policy have failed to deliver a proposition appealing to the near million inhabitants and visitors to the outer west of London. Old Oak Common is simply not road accessible for many of the people at peak times. There has been poor transport integration planning with too much concern about Heathrow and not the 400 square kilometres centred on High Wycombe.
With over 30Km of tunnelling along Route 3 going north out of the Kings Cross/St Pancras/Euston to Hitchen along the ECML would provide a faster route to Scotland and the North East for less than hte £50B to reach Leeds and Manchester.
Following within 10Km of the M40 would save the destruction to rural Buckinghamshire and the Chilterns and provide a better station location near High Wycombe.
The outcome of HS2 Route 3 is mainly disbelief at the cost and high priority and lack of rail service contribution to the higher demand areas.
Poor outcome and one reason why supporting the appeals for the Judicial Review is the only way remaining before the Paving Bill and Hybrid Bill close the doors to commoners who will not be able to access the petitioning stage and when they can the changes will be minimal. The time for challenge is reducing and the challenges are worthy to ensure the project is reappraised for a better plan and more usefulness for people making daily and infrequent journeys. The UK requires changes to some of the bottlenecks and long period jouneys but HS2 is not the answer as planned today or in 2009 to 2013.