HS2 COUNTDOWN: YOUR LOCAL MP VOTES ON APRIL 28 – AFTER ONLY A FEW HOURS TO ABSORB HUNDREDS OF PAGES OF CRUCIAL REPORTS.

HS2 ACTION ALLIANCE

NEWS

 

April 22, 2014.

 

HS2 COUNTDOWN: YOUR LOCAL MP VOTES ON APRIL 28 – AFTER ONLY A FEW HOURS TO ABSORB HUNDREDS OF PAGES OF CRUCIAL REPORTS.

 

People living or working near the proposed HS2 high speed railway line – and likely to be affected by the project – have just days to influence how their local MP votes on the controversial HS2 Bill.

 

“If you are impacted, then you must go to Parliament on Monday, April 28 to make it clear how you feel – or speak to your MP between now and then to ensure he or she understands they could lose your vote if their HS2 vote goes the wrong way,” said Richard Houghton of HS2 opposition group HS2 Action Alliance (HS2AA).

 

“We appreciate that not everybody affected will be familiar with the process, so HS2AA has organised a lobby day in Parliament on April 28. The HS2AA campaigns team will be on hand between 12 and 8pm to provide leaflets and guidance on how to go about arranging to see your MP and to lobby him or her to vote against HS2.  People can drop by any time at a time to suit and to fit around work and other commitments.  The vote is not expected to take place until late on Monday evening – so there is opportunity to make a difference even as the debate goes on.

 

“Because of the timing and withholding of crucial information your MP needed to know to make an informed voting choice, it is quite possible your MP will simply not know the full facts: vital reports into the environmental and financial impacts of HS2 were not published or handed to MPs until hours before they left for their Easter holidays – and they will be called to vote on the matter within hours of returning to Westminster.

 

“What’s more, it is unlikely they will have fully absorbed the ‘Hybrid Bill’ – which allows the Government to ignore normal planning procedures. There are clauses in the Bill which will, amongst other liberties, allow HS2 to close existing lines or stations at will, and to make it a criminal offence for HS2 to be denied access to property owned by people or businesses living or working in areas on the route.”

 

Anyone requiring more information on opposing HS2 can contact HS2AA at info@hs2actionalliance.org, or by signing up to the campaign via the website at www.hs2aa.org/sign-up to get further updates about the day.

 

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Further information:

Iain Macauley

im@pressrelations.co.uk

07788 978800

 

John Read

john.read@readdillon.com

07774 476391

 

http://www.hs2actionalliance.org/