HS2 rail link plan criticised by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

York Press: HS2 rail link plan criticised by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust HS2 rail link plan criticised by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

WILDLIFE campaigners in Yorkshire have criticised the Supreme Court’s rejection of a legal bid by opponents of the HS2 rail link to force more scrutiny of the plans.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has claimed two important sites in the county will be harmed by the proposed high-speed route, which is intended to connect to the East Coast main line through a spur at Church Fenton.

Dr Rob Stoneman, the trust’s chief executive, said: “The Government must begin to communicate a compelling and ambitious vision for how HS2 will benefit nature and people's connection to it, not simply focus on capacity, jobs and journey times.”

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12:30pm Thu 23 Jan 14

BL2 says...

There is no good reason for wasting this amount of money on HS2. Use it to upgrade and improve the current infrastructure!
There is no good reason for wasting this amount of money on HS2. Use it to upgrade and improve the current infrastructure! BL2

12:17am Fri 24 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

BL2 wrote:
There is no good reason for wasting this amount of money on HS2. Use it to upgrade and improve the current infrastructure!
tired argument.

The money has been set aside specifically for HS2. If it is not used for that, it will be frittered away on loads of other things, most of which will not even be vaguely related to transport. The current infastructure cannot cope with any more demand nor has it got the facility to be upgraded.... upgrading in most places would mean adding extra tracks: and this means demolishing houses which are currently beside railway lines, taking out bridges (some of which currently carry motorways), and still it would not get rid of bottlenecks around certain stations (York, from the north, being one particular bottleneck due to it being two-track and with no way of widening it without taking out one half of Garfield Terrace).

And the fact is, that HS2 is a project to be done IN ADDITION to improvements on existing infastructure which doesn't need such drastic actions to be taken... in-cab signalling for example will allow trains to go up to 140mph instead of the current 125mph. Some routes will be signalled bi-directionally. Flyovers are and will be built to avoid trains having to cross the path of another train... etc...
[quote][p][bold]BL2[/bold] wrote: There is no good reason for wasting this amount of money on HS2. Use it to upgrade and improve the current infrastructure![/p][/quote]tired argument. The money has been set aside specifically for HS2. If it is not used for that, it will be frittered away on loads of other things, most of which will not even be vaguely related to transport. The current infastructure cannot cope with any more demand nor has it got the facility to be upgraded.... upgrading in most places would mean adding extra tracks: and this means demolishing houses which are currently beside railway lines, taking out bridges (some of which currently carry motorways), and still it would not get rid of bottlenecks around certain stations (York, from the north, being one particular bottleneck due to it being two-track and with no way of widening it without taking out one half of Garfield Terrace). And the fact is, that HS2 is a project to be done IN ADDITION to improvements on existing infastructure which doesn't need such drastic actions to be taken... in-cab signalling for example will allow trains to go up to 140mph instead of the current 125mph. Some routes will be signalled bi-directionally. Flyovers are and will be built to avoid trains having to cross the path of another train... etc... Magicman!

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