Charities call for HS2 rethink
Environmental groups want the government to rethink plans for the London-Birmingham high-speed rail link.
Airport news for UK Airports on 07/04/2011.
An alliance formed by the charities is calling for a review of the proposed high-speed rail line. Saying there has been insufficient consultation on the HS2 plan, the groups worry the failure of the scheme could lead to a rise in air travel and road trips.
The alliance has been formed by Greenpeace, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Campaign to Protect Rural England. They say the plan needs to be reconsidered in order to ensure the country gets a properly-integrated transport strategy.
The alliance says it also wants to ensure that the effects of large-scale transport proposals received better long-term planning and that the public is properly engaged in the process of developing such important schemes. The government said it is already addressing concerns raised by the charities.
The alliance launched a charter containing four principles on ‘doing High Speed Rail well’. The announcement is also being supported by the Chiltern Society, the Campaign for Better Transport, Civic Voice, Friends of the Earth, the Environmental Law Foundation, the Woodland Trust and The Wildlife Trusts.
The alliance says HS2 is being pushed on the public without any previous consultation. Earlier, a group of 21 politicians and business figures said they wanted HS2 scrapped. The group issued an open letter to the government, in which it called the high-speed rail project ‘a vanity project’ and a costly ‘white elephant’
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