Stop HS2 protesters in Lichfield
Stop HS2 protesters in Lichfield

The Government has been warned that the battle over HS2 is far from won.

MPs voted in favour of the High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill which allows funding to be allocated for the project.

Stop HS2 protesters in Lichfield
Stop HS2 protesters in Lichfield

But campaigners fighting the proposals for the line, which will cut through parts of Lichfield and the surrounding villages, say their fight will go on.

Despite the Bill passing by 350 votes to 34, Joe Rukin from Stop Hs2 believes politicians are failing to respect the views of their constituents.

“We’re disappointed that while lots of MPs have said there is no blank cheque for HS2, that is exactly what they have voted for,” he added.

“The latest polling shows that HS2 is just another example of the disconnect between politicians and the public, with only 27 per cent of the public supporting Whitehall’s white elephant.

“They are not buying the spin that upgrading existing lines would be too disruptive.

“The public want value for money and rail services they can actually use.”

But Prime Minister David Cameron insisted the controversial project was “essential” for the country.

“It’s not just about journey times – it’s about capacity,” he said.

“The fact is, the West Coast Main Line is full. Every day there are thousands of people standing on trains who need to be able to sit down and work on trains.”

Lichfield’s MP Michael Fabricant had already said he would back the Bill, despite opposing the current plans for HS2.

He insisted that the release of funds was needed to ensure householders affected by the proposed route were able to claim compensation.


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  1. HS2 will destroy wildlife, country-side, etc having a direct negative impact on the environment and everything that exists within. This is not China or any other large country. Britain’s beautiful landscape is admired and loved not only by the British people but throughout the world. Our natural wildlife is in decline because of such destruction.. The truth is those who care about our country don’t need or want this proposed destructive high-speed railway. Spending several tens of billions of pounds on where the money is truly needed would benefit the country far better..

  2. Toby – The problem is that those in power do want it and once it starts no matter what the cost it will be built . They have already spent so much that the only chance of stopping it is if Labour think it is a vote winner to say no.
    large swathes of the countryside will be wiped out never to be beautiful again.
    How strange we can not afford to help lots of sick people but we have plenty of money for pet ventures.

  3. I think you’ve all got a shock coming when you see the infrastructure for HS2. Like HS1 its all high, white concrete walls. Tall metal fences. It doesn’t blend like a normal railway. there’ll be no brick bridges and tunnels, its all concrete, all high thick parapets and walls. The destruction 60 metres plus each side all the way up and past 120 metres on roads crossing it or going underneath. Construction will need regular compounds like the BNNR had but lots more of them. The noise is a lot louder than a conventional railway, its higher pitch and audible over a greater distance.
    I wonder how many people opposed to wind farms are happy for HS2 to go ahead because they THINK they’ll benefit from it. Lichfield will lose from it, as was confirmed to me at the public consultation on Wednesday but that’s another story

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