Campaigners have called on Boris Johnson to take back control of transport policy and cancel HS2.

A final decision on the future of the controversial high speed rail project – which will cut through parts of Lichfield and surrounding villages – is expected soon.

But with costs spiralling and estimates the final bill could top £106billion, Stop HS2 says taxpayer money cannot continue to be thrown into the scheme.

Penny Gaines, from the Stop HS2 group, said:

“With the supposed quick six week review set up by Boris Johnson into HS2 taking closer to six months, it is clear that there are huge problems with the HS2 project.

“If Boris Johnson decides to push ahead with HS2, he has to accept that full responsibility for the project’s failings will be laid at his door.

“Unless he is absolutely confident that HS2 will do what it says on the tin, he should pull the plug on this project and cancel HS2 in its entirety.”

Penny Gaines, Stop HS2

Founder of LichfieldLive and editor of the site.

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5 Comments

  1. Oh well. Seems Boris intends to throw more money down the endless pit of HS2 l. It’s rather like when you start renovating a property you never know what you are going to find with the consequence it usually costs so much more than envisaged. If they want to throw good money after bad and ruin the environment for future generations so be it. Time will tell about a government based on lies, false information, fake ads, unelected power players etc etc. Do I need to go on. I don’t think so. I’m happy that I spoke up and have been true to myself. Unlike some in political life. I have no regrets.

  2. I probably bemoan the lack of infrastructure projects on a local bases while refuting the need for the HS2 scheme. A contradiction? I don’t think so; it’s about getting the balance right. The cost of HS2 will be lost in time but what is left is still going to be elitist, expensive to run and serve a limited purpose. In effect it is not going to be fit for purpose. The real reason for its construction is more to do with the building industry and vested interests.
    On a local basis our tiny bit of infrastructure (ie the ‘Southern Bypass?’) Is an ill conceived conclusion to what could have been a real asset to relieving city congestion given the far better options available. They say a camel is a horse designed by a committee. Our council committee has designed a few horses lately.

  3. Yes Philip Allso the priorities of the building industry and vested interests appear to be most important. A committee of committed local residents to advise the consultants would be very beneficial as regards the city infrastructure as they probably know the City better than anyone from outside however qualified. And well, with HS2, they have a big pit they need to fill in, in Birmingham City Centre. Otherwise the Government’s acceptance of the original quote for the construction will look like incompetence of the highest order and the Mayor of Birmingham with his hard hat on will look like a right nincompoop.

  4. I shall never forgive destroying the habitat of the diversity of wildlife in the ancient woodlands and the destruction of those woodlands. All for the sake of a fast train from London known as HS2. For whom is it being built might I ask. Not the ordinary working man and woman. Once again they have been sold out. Because it will be more like a fast train to London from the North of Europe!!! Once these ancient woodlands and creatures have gone they are gone, some species never to return. The cruelty of some human beings. And don’t think the promise of some ‘sort’ of public transport system and a few bike routes will make up for it. For they never will. Shame on you politicians, goaded and bought out by those in whose interests the fast train is. The Mayor of Manchester is the one who should be feeling most shameful! How many of his constituents be taking that gravy train.

  5. Of course it will make it that much easier for Dominic Cummings and friends to get to and from his farm up North to his grand London townhouse.

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