Lichfield’s MP has called for more to be done to tackle the “huge environmental damage” HS2 will cause.
Changes have been made to the controversial high speed rail route around Lichfield in a bid to lessen the line’s impact on its surroundings.
But the HS2 Action Alliance has now called on Robert Syms MP, chairman of the Parliamentary HS2 Committee to take more steps to ensure greater consideration of green issues such as air quality, landscaping, trees and local ecology.
The calls have been backed by Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant.
“It is unfortunate that HS2 will travel through countryside so far unspoiled by man and destroying ancient woodlands,” he said.
“While we have seen a number of changes to improve the route around Lichfield including lowering parts of the line into cuttings, there will still be huge environmental damage.
“For that reason, I have written to Robert Syms in support of the Alliance letter and hope that appropriate changes can be made to the legislation. I have worked closely with the HS2AA and their letter makes reasonable demands.”
Mr Fabricant said he remains opposed to the overall route and reiterated his calls for a return to the drawing board.
“I will continue to oppose the HS2 Bill when it is next voted on in Parliament,” he added. “While I recognise the need for extra north-south rail capacity, the line should either use upgraded existing track or travel along current transport corridors such as motorways to minimise the environmental impact.
“In any event, the route needs a major rethink. Lines north of London should connect directly with the continent and with major airports. The current route does not.”