Na­tional anti-HS2 con­fer­ence held

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A NA­TIONAL con­fer­ence of ac­tion groups united against HS2 has been held in Amer­sham.

The event took place on Sun­day, Novem­ber 8, hosted by the HS2 Amer­sham Ac­tion Group, with pro­test­ers meet­ing to dis­cuss the chal­lenges fac­ing the project and to plan the next steps in their cam­paign against the con­tro­ver­sial rail line.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of groups from as far apart as Cheshire and Hilling­don gath­ered at the meet­ing, rep­re­sent­ing both the first phase of the route, from Lon­don to Birm­ing­ham, and the sec­ond phase, to Manch­ester and Leeds.

Joe Rukin of Stop HS2 re­viewed the chal­lenges to the pro­pos­als, in­clud­ing the un­cer­tainty sur­round­ing the choice of Eu­ston as the Lon­don ter­mi­nus, the prob­lems of tak­ing the line through the Mid­lands min­ing ar­eas and the post­pone­ment of an­nounc­ing de­tails of the route north of Crewe.

He said: “HS2 should be known as the shrink­ing rail­way. It is highly likely that it will never go be­yond Birm­ing­ham.

“How­ever, like a box of choco­lates, al­though it gets smaller the price stays the same.”

Chair­ing the meet­ing, HS2 Amer­sham Ac­tion Group mem­ber Stan Ma­son said: “HS2 is clearly run­ning into prob­lems.

“The Hy­brid Bill has also yet to gain its third read­ing in the Com­mons, af­ter which it goes to the House of Lords.

“Peo­ple who are af­fected by HS2 will have that op­por­tu­nity to pe­ti­tion the Lords. In the mean­time, we and all the other ac­tion groups con­tinue our fight for ap­pro­pri­ate mit­i­ga­tion.

“Our own fo­cus is on ex­tend­ing the tun­nel un­der the Area of Nat­u­ral Beauty and con­test­ing fig­ures on traf­fic con­ges­tion, noise and other is­sues re­cently re­leased by HS2 Ltd.”

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