While waiting for the Queen’s speech, here are some interesting blogs and other articles that have appeared on the Stop HS2 radar in the last week or so:
The Sunday Telegraph: Battle plan to avert Tory war
“…And he [David Cameron] will offer an olive branch to his critics by avoiding Parliamentary legislation on the controversial High Speed 2 rail link and watering down plans to reform the House of Lords. “
Nikki Williams, head of campaigning at the Woodland Trust writes High Speed 2 – We need answers!
“We would have loved to have been able to welcome High Speed 2. …
“But there is a snag! It just ain’t green! The route means that 21 irreplacable ancient woods are going to be destroyed. These are valuable woods, part of ancient woodland which covers just 2% of our land, and once gone, they are never able to be replaced.”
Steve Baker, MP for Wycombe, picked up on our article on the amber/red rating for HS2 and has looked at it in a broader context: Justine Greening must review HS2 in the public interest.
From Murad Qureshi, a London Assembly member from 2004 – HS2 community consultation deeply flawed already.
” Having now attended two HS2 Community Forums, it tells me everything about how not to conduct community and planning consultations on major infrastructural investments.”
(This is a point made at the Transport Select Committee last year: that HS2 are handling the public engagement badly.)
The LSE blog has an article by Sir Gus O’Donnell – Ten Commandments of good policy making: a retrospective by Sir Gus O’Donnell.
Although Gus only explicitly mentions High Speed Rail once, a number of the rules for good policy making are highly relevant for HS2 – but unfortunately are being ignored by the Department for Transport.
From News Biscuit last year, but still worth a read: HS2 route to be tunnelled under Brussels to get to China more quickly.