HS2 rail link

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High speed train
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The Government plans to build a high speed rail line known as High Speed 2 (HS2), linking a number of the UK's major cities.

Phase 1

HS2 evidence map
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Phase one of HS2 intends to link London and Birmingham. 36 ancient woods will be directly affected with a further 27 at risk of secondary effects such as disturbance, noise and pollution.

We are petitioning the Government in relation to the impacts of this phase. Our petition (PDF, 1MB) has been submitted with a view to first avoid, and if not possible, minimise damage to ancient woods and trees, and the species dependent on them.

MPs now have their final opportunity to make known their concerns and to raise important issues. In short, they have the chance to help protect ancient woods and trees.

But we need you to join us in urging them to take this chance.  

Phase 2

Phase two will form a ‘Y’, running from Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester. 14 ancient woods face the threat of destruction with a further 21 exposed to secondary effects.

Impact of development

Whilst generally supportive of green transport measures we are yet to be convinced that this proposed rail route by the Government is as green as it claims.

We echo many people's concerns over HS2's potential environmental impact. Our primary worry is the high level of damage to ancient woodland along the route.