Where does the phase two route go?
HS2 Phase 2 maps can be found on the Department for Transport’s website, here.
Where will the stations be on the Y route?
There will be five HS2 stations north of Birmingham at Manchester; Manchester Airport; Toton near Nottingham; Sheffield; and Leeds.
What will the local effects of HS2 be?
- noise blight,
- a visual scar
- bisection of properties, businesses, communities,
- noise and dust from construction for several years
- severance of some footpaths and bridleways
- adverse effects on ancient woodlands, wildlife sites and SSSIs
- a lack of suitable compensation for many people with properties close to the proposed route (based on the experience of phase one)
Will HS2 help the north south divide?
Estimates from HS2 Ltd suggest that more than 70% of new jobs created as a result of HS2 will be in south east England. Independent studies of high speed lines in Europe suggest that the most additional jobs tend to be created in the capital city served.
Will HS2 tickets be affordable?
Tickets from Ashford (Kent) to London are 20% more expensive on HS1 than on classic trains. Experience in other countries shows high speed rail ticket premiums ranging from 13% to over 200%.
What are the experiences of high speed rail in other countries?
Many countries have found that passenger numbers fall short of predicted volumes. This in turn necessitates government support running into billions of pounds per year. Some countries have abandoned plans to build high speed lines e.g. Poland, Portugal, three American states. In Spain a high speed line was closed after passenger numbers were so low; the failed route was costing 18,000€ per day to operate.
Do anti HS2 action groups exist?
There are approximately 70 action groups opposed to HS2 between London and Lichfield. Their activities are coordinated by an umbrella organisation Action Groups Against High Speed Two (AGAHST). You can find contact details on our contacts page.
How can I help the campaign against HS2?
There are numerous ways to fight HS2. We’ve suggested some here. In addition, campaigners have held walks, organised meetings, baked cakes, written letters, raised funds, produced protest songs, made films… If you would like to help the campaign, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We have prepared a starter pack to help you get an action group up and running in your area. Please send your name & address/email address to email@example.com
There are people in existing action groups who will be happy to provide additional advice.
Will there be extra services on “classic lines”?
In reality there will be fewer services on classic lines. 13 stations will be affected by fewer services and these include Stoke-on-Trent, Wilmslow, Stockport, Leicester, Chesterfield, Wakefield and Warrington (HS2 phase 2). There will also be 16 stations that will experience longer journey times. These cuts are planned to enable savings of £7.7 billion to be made.
What will be the effects on rail investment on classic lines?
Major rail investment is planned in 5 year “chunks”. The most recent announcement was made in July 2012 and covered the period 2014-19. HS2 expenditure (phases 1 and 2) is expected to exceed £40 billion (line construction and trains) and will continue through to 2032/3. The UK’s national debt is likely to go on increasing until 2016 or later. As a consequence future expenditure on classic rail is likely to be more limited while HS2 is under construction. This has been the experience in other countries, particularly France.
Is HS2 good value for money?
Comparing the cost per mile of building HS2 (phase 1) with the corresponding cost in France, the UK line is four times more expensive. The latest DfT calculation indicates the benefit cost ratio is 2. However HS2 Action Alliance believes there are several shortcomings with the DfT’s calculation and when corrected the real numbers are 0.43 (phase 1) and 0.9 (phase 2). In other words the benefit is less than the cost invested.