Stop High Speed 2: Save £30 billion and the Chiltern countryside
Government plans for a London to Birmingham high speed railway will cost taxpayers £30 billion when schools, defence, libraries, transport and other budgets are being cancelled! The High Speed 2 (HS2) line will also cut through miles of unspoiled countryside including the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, depriving future generations of its beauty. To make matters worse HS2 isn't even good for the environment, with the Green Party deeming it a disaster even though they support other high speed rail projects. HS2 is an expensive and environmentally damaging white elephant through the countryside, when the route could instead follow the motorways or existing lines be upgraded. Help stop HS2, save billions, and make that money available for better projects and services!
Helen hibbert commented
This cannot be allowed to happen, particularly as the rail structure in many other parts of the country needs massive investment in order to cope with demand. It is a government vanity project and no sensible and intelligent thought has gone into it.
Supporters of HS2 need to educate themselves on the realities of HS2. Those along the proposed route are not NIMBYs but are merely those mostly affected by the current scheme, thus the most concerned and therefore the most well informed.
The so-called NIMBYs have taken serious note of the many highly respected responses to the government proposal from such opponents as the Taxpayers Alliance, the Adam Smith Institute, the Institute of Economic Affairs, the RAC Foundation, the Green Party, the Friends of the Earth, the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England and transport experts such as Christian Wolmar. Even the Government’s own body - the Transport Select Committee’s November 2011 report damned the proposals - it found a host of problems with the economic case, its environmental impact, treatment of alternatives, technical issues, even problems with consultation itself – all which adds up to a scheme that needs to go back to the drawing board.
Paul Healy commented
This government is hammering the poor end helpless while spending millions on the hopeless task of trying to present rich kid Cameron as statesman.now they want to destroy the countryside and waste billions on an un needed rail link,get the existing rail system working properly.
Marcia Simpson-James commented
Are they proposing to go through areas of outstanding beauty? Disgusting!