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Local Tories say no to HS2 (route)

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.”

2 replies on “Local Tories say no to HS2 (route)”

“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 whole point of HS2 is to de-bottleneck the WCML where it is most busy, in the south. And as for no connections, I fear you may not of fully understood plans. The first £17bn phase of HS2 will connect to HS1, for Euro Tunnel from the outset. Then the second phase will connect into Heathrow when a link becomes more economically viable.

The full Y network in fact de-bottlenecks both the WCML and ECML. Very cost effective I would of thought given the expensive alternatives that give no journey improvements or connections to either Heathrow or HS1.

Please review the information available
http://highspeedrail.dft.gov.uk/sites/highspeedrail.dft.gov.uk/files/hs2-economic-case.pdf

Chris,

Are you Chris Howe, campaign manager for YesToHS? One man band and pro-HS2 campaigner? I do admire anyone who takes part in the public debate. It might be a bit more grown up, however, if you identified yourself properly before astroturfing my blog.

You might have pointed out that HS2’s interchange with the Channel Tunnel and Heathrow involves changing trains at that well known London station Old Oak Common. A bit of honesty might give you more credibility Chris.

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