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

HS2 evidence map
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The route of Phase two is yet to take its eventual form, though we do have a good idea of how it may look and the impacts it might have. Phase two consists of two different legs: phase 2a and phase 2b.

Phase 2a will run from the West Midlands to Crewe and could result in direct loss to 2 ancient woods with a further 5 suffering indirect impacts.

Phase 2b consists of both a West and East route. The West route runs from Crewe up to Bamfurlong/Manchester Piccadilly, resulting in direct loss to 5 ancient woods and secondary impacts to 7 ancient woods. The East route stretches from Birmingham up to Leeds/Ulleskelf, resulting in direct loss to 4 ancient woods and damage to 1 other ancient wood.

In all, we expect 11 ancient woods to be subjected to destruction, while a further 13 ancient woods will be exposed to indirect damage. However, with the route not due to be finalised until the end of 2017 it wouldn’t be a surprise if the route changes further.

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.

Enough is Enough - Protect ancient woodland

These ancient habitats need proper protection - now. With your help, we can change their fate.

Are you with us?