Wednesday, 16 October 2019
Campaign reply - HS2 and the climate crisis
I have received a campaign email entitled HS2 and the climate crisis.
Just a few weeks ago I responded to a similar campaign and posted a blog response which I copy below for ease of reference.
This latest campaign fails to take into account the governments world leading pledge to deliver a net zero economy by 2050 nor that banning things works far less well than innovation. The greening of our transport system is going very well and the progress on our rail systems is underway. The same will apply to HS2 should it be built.
The earlier blog is here:
Monday, 9 September 2019
Some constituents have been in touch with a campaign email over concerns regarding HS2 -the high speed rail network.
You may be aware that the government is currently reviewing the scheme and a report is expected later this year.
HS2, a Labour government inspired scheme from 2009 has been controversial on a range of matters and there is growing concern that the overall cost is going to be considerably higher than first thought. This is concerning.
The route for HS2 (should it go ahead) has always been contentious and there are many interested parties that have expressed concerns from inception.
It is worth noting that one of the greenest forms of transport is of course rail, so a balance must be struck with meeting the needs of travel in the UK and the impact it may have following its construction. I am aware that considerable thought and planning has been given to environmental issues but note the concerns raised.
Before commenting further, I will wait to see what is in the government review and will also take into account the various matters raised.