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Sign the new petition to stop HS2

28 September, 2017

Sign up to stop HS2

• A NEW petition to stop HS2 has just been launched. May I request your readers sign it and to encourage others to?

If you Google “stop HS2 petition” you will see a website where you can sign.

None of the arguments for HS2 stand up. Even if the official cost estimate of some £57billion were correct HS2 would give very poor value for money; in fact the cost could be over £100billion.

We’ve known for some time that the Treasury was appalled by HS2 but couldn’t say so because George Osborne favoured it. If there were any doubt about the Treasury’s attitude, it should be dispelled by the fact that both Lord Burns and Lord Macpherson of Earl’s Court, two former permanent secretaries to the Treasury, voted in the final debate in the Lords on January 31 for an amendment, tabled, which would have put an end to this project.

On October 31 last year 54 people eminent in the fields of transport planning, railway operations and regional economics wrote to Chris Grayling asking for a meeting at which they could express their concerns about HS2. Mr Grayling’s office refused.

Even the junior minister with responsibilities for HS2 could not find time in his diary to see these people. I have been a transport planner for over 50 years and cannot remember any occasion when a government has behaved so arrogantly.

STEPHEN PLOWDEN
Albert Street, NW1

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