We’ve seen a wave of new information from HS2 in recent weeks, including another consultation. Unfortunately, it’s not good news.
2018 consultation summary released
We finally have the official figures from the HS2 Phase 2b Draft Environmental Statement consultation.
No fewer than 34,056 of our wonderful supporters added their voice to our campaign, when it ran from October to December 2018.That’s a staggering 98% of the total 34,419 responses to the consultation. Thank you so much if you took part.
The remaining responses were mostly from:
- local groups
- Campaign for Better Transport
- Stop HS2
- Campaign to Protect Rural England
- The Wildlife Trusts
- many other councils and statutory bodies.
To add weight to our campaigns, we always suggest that you include your own comments with our prewritten responses. In this case, more than 17,000 people included unique messages sharing personal stories and experiences. Thank you.
New HS2 route changes bring more bad news
On the same day these figures were released, HS2 published a route refinement.
This separate document outlines changes to the Phase 2b section – Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds. The changes are ‘to make it more efficient, cost effective and to minimise disruption for residents and impacts on the environment’.
But at first glance, it looks like the new plans are likely to increase the damage to ancient woodland.