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66,000 call on prime minister to “stop and re-think” HS2

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A LETTER signed by more than 66,000 people has been delivered to 10 Downing Street calling on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “stop and re-think” the controversial HS2 rail project.

It was delivered by the chief executive officers of six Wildlife Trusts – including Cheshire Wildlife Trust chief Charlotte Harris.

The letter is a move to highlight the huge risks that HS2 poses to the environment, and asks the Prime Minister to ensure that the impact on nature is properly assessed as a matter of urgency.

It comes in addition to strenuous opposition to the rail scheme from the Warrington area – particularly in the Culcheth- Rixton-with-Glazebrook area which would suffer major disruption if the HS2 Golborne Link goes ahead.

Cllr Frank Allen, chairman of the Culcheth and District Rail Action Group (CADRAG) said: “We are hopeful that at least the Golborne Link – the part that would affect us locally – will be dropped.

“It is not needed and if it was dropped it would save a lot of the cost. It is not cost effective – for every £1 spent on it you would only get 15p back.”

Charlotte Harris, chief executive of Cheshire Wildlife Trust said: “It is fantastic to see that the campaign has gathered so much support in just a few weeks.  In that time, over 3,000 people in our local area have signed our letter to the Prime Minister showing that they want the project to be held accountable for the devastation that it will ultimately cause our local wildlife. Current plans will devastate grassland meadows, ancient woodlands and internationally important wetlands putting local species on the verge of extinction. We’re calling on the Prime Minister to stop and re-think HS2 “

Current plans for the rail line cut right through one of the four likely remaining water vole populations in Cheshire. The species is already in rapid decline and, as it stands, HS2 is set to put their very existence in Cheshire at risk.

A recent report published by The Wildlife Trusts, revealed evidence of the vast scale of destruction and impact that HS2 could cause to nature. ‘What’s the damage?  Why HS2 will cost nature too much’ is the most comprehensive assessment of potential environmental damage.

Dr Rachel Giles, a leading figure in the creation of the report said: “In any definition of the word, it is not a sustainable scheme anymore; the environmental impacts of HS2 are enormous. We’ve lost so much biodiversity due to changes in land use and this will have a really big impact on the remaining wildlife. The impacts in Cheshire alone are going to be dire.”

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  1. We only hear of the so-called positives of HS2, but never the negatives and where the experience of HS rail around the world is literally diabolical and where the only way that the majority exist is through colossal and continual state funding. The problem is also that our political elites do not want to hear about anything that has commonsense attached and which is against their genius and wisdom. Let’s hope though that Boris is different and uses the £100,000 million+ and counting (For the Taxpayer’s Alliance stated today that HS2 would reach £150,000 million) into the development of the United Kingdom’s creating and technological infrastructure that it does not have, for that is the only way Britain will become the most dynamic nation in the world, not through a railway line that will totally rely upon our economic success. As usual our politicians have the cart before the horse. Read the other side of this sorry story.

    HS2 – Another Fine “Mess” that our Politicians have got the British Taxpayer into – The truth about High-Speed Rail and what our Politicians are not telling the British People – https://worldinnovationfoundation.blogspot.com/2019/06/hs2-another-fine-mess-that-our.html

    Dr David Hill
    CEO, World Innovation Foundation (UK)

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