A common refrain from supporters of HS2 is the amount of traffic it will remove from motorways and the ensuing reduction in carbon emissions. Reducing the amount of emissions from transport is a worthy ambition, but the idea that HS2 is an effective or efficient contribution to fighting climate change is very hard to sustain. There is one key reason for this, the emissions from HS2 are largely frontloaded to its construction. This is a massive problem for attempts to make an environmental case for HS2, and I will show you why.
Anti-HS2 activists leave occupation after 47 days through 40m-long secret tunnel.
“The cancellation of the ‘Golborne Link’ of HS2 is vindication of everything we’ve been saying for more than a decade – you can deliver more benefits to more people more quickly for less money without the massive environmental impact by upgrading existing infrastructure, reopening old lines and providing sustainable local transport.
HS2 are applying for a route-wide injunction which will criminalise anyone stepping foot on HS2 land and threaten them with imprisonment, seizure of assets and huge fines. Have your say and give evidence today before 16th May.
There is a small, but relatively vocal, group of environmentally minded people who support HS2 as a project that is a magic bullet to various environmental problems. Proponents for this magic bullet train will argue that public transport is key to addressing the climate crisis. Despite the environmental claims of HS2, evidence points to it being a tragic "white elephant" which will leave in its wake a trail of missed opportunities, polluted landscapes and ecological destruction.
HS2 employees who "can no longer stomach HS2 Ltd lies" share information about misconduct, costs and overruns - more to come!
A cross-party report explains that public confidence in HS2 has been dented by escalating costs which have "no clear end in sight".
Investing in HS2 is worse value for money than simply improving the UK’s existing railway networks, according to a new report.
We all know that HS2 are extremely negligent when it comes to wildlife, would you therefore be surprised if I also told you HS2 are negligent to domestic animals? Furthermore negligent to a landowners beloved dog? A landowner that has HS2 traipsing through his land and hasn’t been paid a penny.
HS2 claim it's totally fine to destroy ancient woodlands because they are going to plant new ones, well here’s a quick run-down (non-exhaustive) of why it isn’t possible to simply “replace” ancient woodlands.