National anti-HS2 conference held
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.”