Secret High Speed Rail route revealed

13 June 2011 – A new analysis of the Government’s proposal to spend £34b on a High Speed Rail network (HS2) has revealed that the route of the second stage – Birmingham to Manchester/Leeds – would cut through swathes of the country north of Birmingham whose residents are unaware that they will be affected.

 

 

The Government are currently consulting on the proposal for HS2 but have only published a map for for the first stage of the route – London to Birmingham. This is despite the fact that the consultation is seeking responses to the second phase or ‘Y’ route as well.

Jerry Marshall, Chairman of AGAHST (Action Groups Against High Speed Two) which carried out the analysis said: “It is clear that the Government was hoping to limit the opposition to this massively expensive white elephant by simply not publishing the full route. All those who will be affected should be urging their local councils and MPs to oppose this proposal, not just because it will affect their homes and their quality of life but because at a time of public sector cuts this is the wrong project at the wrong time.”

The new map is based on material from HS2 Ltd, the company set up by the Government to develop the proposal for the high speed rail route together with information buried in the Government’s consultation document.

Notes to editors:

  1. A detailed map showing the most likely route for the ‘Y’ network is attached together with a list of the constituencies which would be directly affected.
  2. Jerry Marshall is the Chairman of AGAHST (Action Groups Against High Speed Two which is a federation of more than 70 local groups]
  3. The Department for Transport consultation, High Speed Rail: Investing in Britain’s Future can be found here http://www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/open/highspeedrail/ The consultation closes on 29thJuly 2011
  4. The HS2 Ltd background documents can be found here http://www.hs2.org.uk/supporting-documents-temp
  5. AGHAST is one of a large and diverse range of groups opposing HS2 which include: Campaign for Better Transport; Campaign to Protect Rural England; Chiltern Society; Civic Voice; Countryside Alliance; Environmental Law Foundation; The Green Party; Greenpeace; Institute of Economic Affairs, National Trust; RAC Foundation; Ramblers; RSPB; Taxpayers Alliance; The Wildlife Trust; and the Woodland Trust.