By coincidence the local Tories came out today against HS2, or the route at least, just as the Campaign for High Speed Rail took the opportunity of a new week to launch their new poster campaign. I don’t know how resonant their retro campaign will be. Stoking Northern resentment doesn’t seem very positive.
In my view spending £30 billion on a railway that fails to connect to either Heathrow or the Channel Tunnel is a bit silly. I suspect that we should be investing in our transport infrastructure but a programme to remove bottlenecks across the transport network would give way more bang for the buck.
The Conservative press release said:
Local Conservatives Reject HS2 Route
Local Conservative Councillors have considered the issue of HS2 and decided to reject the proposed route for HS2, which will destroy homes in Greenford and Perivale. Many homes along the route would also suffer from increased noise levels with trains travelling up to 155mph, without the benefit of any station accessing the route locally. In addition, building the route would involve severe disruption at the Hanger Lane Gyratory.
Councillor Anthony Young said:
“We know what happens when there is an accident on the A40, or at the Hanger Lane Gyratory – much of West London ends up in gridlock. If the present HS2 proposals are adopted, we shall have a similar traffic problem every day for at least 6 months, bringing misery not only for our residents but much of West London as well.
As local Councillors, we cannot support this route, which will cause long term and sustainable blight on residents’ quality of life. We will therefore ask the Government to think again about the proposed route.”