‘The British public does not want HS2’
Latest poll by YouGov shows scale of opposition
A NEW poll on HS2 has shown widespread opposition to the project from across the UK.
The figures, released in a YouGov poll, show that 50 per cent of people are against the controversial rail project, with 32 per cent in favour.
People living in the north of the country, who the government had hoped would support the project, gave it a thumbs down, with 53 per cent of those polled found to be against it, while in the south, 50 per cent were opposed. There was also more opposition than support in London, the Midlands, Wales and Scotland, while the poll also showed that supporters of every major political party are more against it than in favour.
The government has conducted its own polling on HS2, but has not released any results since May 2013, saying that releasing the information is against the public interest because it relates to policy which is still being developed.
Anti-HS2 campaigners say that the YouGov results demonstrate clearly that the British public does not want the project, and that the government should not press ahead with its plans.
Stop HS2 campaign manager Joe Rukin said: “Every time the public are asked if they want HS2, there is a resounding no, as it is clear the public have not been bought in by the spin about this project.
“Unfortunately, like the independent annalists who have scrutinised the case for HS2 and found it to be wanting, it seems what the public think does not matter to a government wedded to their vanity project.” He added: “It is telling that despite the government trying to make out that HS2 would be a magic wand to heal the north south divide, it is more unpopular in the north of England than anywhere else in the country.
“Possibly because people there realise it is more important to fix trains people rely on every day than to introduce a whizzy service to London for the business elite at an astronomical cost.”
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