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‘Resisting HS2’ The opposition to the high speed rail proposal in the UK WSF/ ‘Imposed mega projects’ meeting Nantes July 2012.

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1 ‘Resisting HS2’ The opposition to the high speed rail proposal in the UK WSF/ ‘Imposed mega projects’ meeting Nantes July 2012

2 What is HS2? High speed rail line London – Birmingham (2026) then to Manchester and Leeds (2036) 400kph 18 trains per hour each way Cost £34bn

3 Issues Environmental damage – very high speed increases impacts Carbon reduction – not a ‘green’ solution Business case – only 1.2 benefit-cost ratio Capacity – cheaper and quicker ways of increasing capacity Limited connectivity with the existing rail network Governance – inadequate consultation, no consideration of alternatives, fiddled figures

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5 The campaign – who? 70+ local action groups between London and Birmingham United in AGAHST (Action groups against high speed rail) federation Stop HS2 – campaigning arm HS2AA – research arm 51M – Local governments along the route Right Lines Charter – environmental groups

6 The Campaign – how? Spreading the message – petitions, meetings, leaflets, media, songs, White elephant Parliamentary work – lobbying, parliamentary debates, evidence to parliamentary committees Political parties – only Greens and UKIP oppose HS2 – 3 main parties in favour Protest – demonstrations, bonfires, walk the route

7 How (2) Evidence – extensive research, rebuttal of government arguments, alternative proposals Legal challenges – judicial reviews PR consultants and campaigns

8 What have we (not) achieved? HS2 still going ahead but ‘controversial’ Public opinion polls support us We’ve won many arguments but haven’t (yet) changed the policy Campaign still united against HSR not just this route Despite internal differences (social class, location, strategy, tactics, personalities) and government attempts to split/marginalise us (nimbies....)

9 Looking ahead Announcement of detailed route to Manchester and Leeds later this year will bring more opposition Will legislation be passed before the next election in 2015? Will our legal challenges succeed (in halting or delaying)? Will the Treasury stop it?

10 Stay in touch Stop HS2 (Main blog/news site)www.stophs2.com HS2 Action Alliance (Good for background research documents)www.hs2aa.org AGAHST (Contact point for Federation)www.agahst.org Our alternative rail plan Action groups (many separate websites – search on ‘hs2’ and settlement name) 51M (Local government councils opposed)www.51m.co.uk Specific blogs (jobs, regional development); (Noise and environmental issues)www.hs2theregionalimpact.wordpress.com Independent (anti HS2 but not part of stophs2; refers to rest of Europe)www.beleben.wordpress.com


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