HS2AA to launch alternative manifesto at Tory Party Conference

High Speed 2 Action Alliance to launch alternative manifesto at Tory Conference

  • Blue print will save £31bn, deliver faster improvements to UK rail network
  • Government urged to scrap plan that will cost £800m planning in this parliament alone

30th September 2011 – High Speed 2 Action Alliance (HS2AA), the campaign against the Government’s plan for a new high speed rail line, will launch its alternative vision for Britain’s future rail network at a fringe meeting at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester this Sunday.

The document, A Better Railway for Britain, which has been prepared by leading railway experts and economists, will highlight ways to improve the nation’s railway infrastructure using existing track at a fraction of the cost of the government’s planned £33bn project, HS2.

The manifesto will also highlight inherent flaws in the current HS2 plan, which will exacerbate the country’s north-south divide, disrupt rail services for a large number of commuters and fail to deliver any of its green promises.

The launch of the manifesto on Sunday will be attended by politicians from the conservative party. Speakers include Chris Stokes, the document’s co-author and former director of the Strategic Rail Authority, and Jerry Marshall, chairman of AGAHST, the Action Groups Against High Speed Two, who will chair the meeting.

HS2AA plan to have a high profile at the conference’s Manchester venue, where at 11am on Sunday they will also unveil an advertisement campaign highlighting the fact that the planning budget for HS2 in this parliament alone – £800m – would be enough to pay the salaries of 19,000 police officers.