‘A speeded-up version of 19th century technology’
The project was granted Royal Assent last week, meaning work on the line between London and Birmingham will begin in the spring.
Joe Rukin, Stop HS2 campaign manager, said: “Quite simply this is a terrible project which will not deliver on its promises, come in years late, miles over budget, create havoc during construction and has disastrous environmental consequences.
“The fight against Phase Two of HS2 will continue, but on Phase One, as all these things come to pass, all we can look forward to is saying ‘We told you so’.”
Penny Gaines, chair of Stop HS2 added: “The fundamental problem with HS2 is that the case for it has never been ex- amined properly.
“During the passage of the bill there has been a huge growth in alternative ways of thinking about transport, just as we have been saying all along.
“The Government is planning to spend many billions of taxpayers’ money on a speeded up version of 19th century technology.”
“In the Northern Powerhouse area, people are talking about the need for east-west links, rather then another route to London.
“It’s not too late to cancel HS2 and look at the real transport needs of the country.”
A statement from the Chilterns Conservation Board (CCB) reads: “The board is disappointed the bill has received Royal Assent.
“The CCB has worked very hard with its partners within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to lessen the impact of HS2 proposals on this internationally significant landscape.
“Although changes were made to the original proposals to address some of the concerns of the CCB and others, we have always said that a fully bored tunnel under the Chilterns would be the best way to reduce harm.
Sue Holden of the CCB said: “We would like to thank all the residents and local organisations who have fought so long and so hard alongside the CCB and local authorities to protect the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from the impacts of HS2.
“Whilst deeply saddened by the decision and acknowledging that there will be permanent changes to our very special landscape, we will now turn our efforts to making the very best of the situation, working as part of the Chilterns Review Group which we and local authorities pushed so hard for.”