What is HS2 and why it must be stopped
- This is a government proposal to run a high speed rail line from London Euston to Birmingham which will possibly save 15 – 20 minutes journey time.
- Various estimates put the current cost around £50 billion which makes it an extraordinary proposal when the country is heavily in debt.
- Existing trains provide a similar service at much lower carbon production ie it is not green or innovative.
- It will devastate large areas of countryside and will be extremely noisy.
IT WILL RUN RIGHT OVER HOAC AND THROUGH THE LAKE.
HOAC WILL BE DESTROYED!
Please write to your MP at the House of Commons and let them know how you feel about this project. It will go ahead unless sufficient numbers of people stand up and say how crazy it is.
Save Hillingdon Outdoor Activities Centre
NO business case
NO environmental case
NO money to pay for it
Let your MP know what you think
The Government is currently consulting on its plans to build a High Speed Railway from London to Birmingham. This will cost a huge amount of money and devastate the countryside.
From our point of view this will mean the end of HOAC as the plans include a 13m high viaduct through the centre, draining and infilling the lake. There are large numbers of groups fighting this project and some of the arguments are listed below. For us the facts do not add up to justifying £50 billion especially when there are cuts everywhere and hospitals are being closed.
The only way to stop this going ahead is to make politicians aware of your views – they will be after your vote in a few years – so please take the trouble to write or e-mail as many MP’s as you can but especially your local MP. Hillingdon Council are also fighting HS2, not least because it will devastate Hillingdon with the disruption of very major building projects for the foreseeable future with no benefits to Hillingdon – you need to go to Birmingham or Euston to access the train! By the time new access roads and the railway have been built through much of Hillingdon’s green belt it will so degraded as to be vulnerable to developers.
Why Stop HS2
There is no business case
Costs exceed benefits: government assumes a growth in demand for rail travel several times higher than the industry forecasts: it will not solve the North South divide: it is entirely at the tax payers risk – private industry would not invest in such a project: HS1 to France was a financial failure so no lessons have been learned: there are better alternatives – cheaper and quicker to implement which are more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable: it takes no account of the damage to local rail services and economies – see www.stophs2.org.
There is no environmental case
No environmental impact assessment has been carried out: it is not a low carbon solution – high speed demands high energy consumption: there is a huge environmental impact: it increases energy demand that cannot be met by renewable energy alone: it will reduce productive farmland, impact flood plains and wildlife habitats (including SSSI sites): it will cause major noise pollution.
There is no money to pay for it.
Britain has serious financial problems – the money will need to be borrowed to pay for it: it is not considered a spending priority by most people living in Britain: it will suck investment from local rail and transport services: it will benefit very few people – it is targeted at the wealthier business user: it will commit future generations to massive subsidies and increased national dept.
More information available from www.stophs2.org and numerous other sites.
The deadline to have your say is July 2011 with a decision December 2011 – there is every indication that the government plan to go ahead regardless – so everyone must make their views heard.
www.parliament.co.uk for all MP’s addresses.
Key MP’s involved are :
- Patrick Mcloughlin – Secretary of State for Transport
- Baroness Kramer – Minister of State for Transport
- Stephen Hammond – Paliamentary under-secretary of state for transport
- Transport committee members – Mrs Louise Ellman; Steve baker; Tom Harris; Julie Hilling; Kelvin Hopkins; Kwasi Kwarteng; John Leech; paul Maynard; Gavin Shuker; Iain Stewart; Julian Sturdy
Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR
House of Commons, London, SWA 0AA
House of Commons, London, SWA 0AA
Mrs Louise Ellman:
515 The Cotton Exchange Building, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L3 9LQ
c/o Lesser Hampden, Somerville Drive, Mount Florida, Glasgow, G42 9BA
Ms Julie Hilling:
The Old Surgery, 108 Market Street, Westhoughton, BL5 3AZ
Tel: 01942 813468
3 Union Street, Luton, LU1 3AN
Mr Kwasi Kwarteng
Spelthorne Conservative Association, 55 Cherry Orchard, Staines, TW18 2SQ
8 Gawsworth Avenue, East Didsbury, Manchester, M20 5NF
16 Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PD
c/o Luton Labour Party, 3 Union Street, Luton, LU1 3AN
Tel: 01582 457774
Suite 102, Milton Keynes Business Centre, Foxhunter Drive, Linford Wood, MK14 6GD
Tel: 01908 686830Fax: 01908 686831
York Conservatives, 1 Ash Street, York, YO26 4ZB
Tel: 01904 784847
Local MP’s are:
John Randall (Uxbridge/ South Ruislip):
John Randall MP
House of Commons
SW1A 0AATelephone: 020 7219 6885
Email: [email protected]
Nick Hurd (Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner)
House of Commons
020 7219 1053
01923 822 876
email: [email protected] If this goes ahead it will not only be disastrous for HOAC and Hillingdon but the whole country which will be saddled with a hugely expensive white elephant, albeit a fast one!Below you will find two pre-written letters you can send to your local MPLetter to Nick HurdLetter to John Randall