6 June 2011: The Government's consultation on the proposals for HS2, the high speed line from Birmingham to London, ends in July. In the meantime, there's been another consultation on HS2 - this time from the Transport Select Committee in the House of Commons.
We've just responded to the consultation and you can download our response below. We think that high speed rail could be part of a move to a more environmentally friendly and lower carbon transport system but there are three things in particular that the Government needs to do.
- Continue to invest in the existing rail network, particularly on electrification and making convenient rail travel available to more people (and making use of freed up capacity on the existing west coast mainline)
- Make sure that new stations on the high speed line are accessible by public transport, walking or cycling, which means investing in local transport access and making sure that stations are in cities rather than isolated parkway locations
- Make high speed rail part of a wider transport strategy that makes low carbon transport options easier and cheaper
We've also signed up to the charter that CPRE have developed to make sure that if high speed rail goes ahead, it's done right.
We'll continue to focus on trying to improve the offer on the table from government and make sure it's part of a wider strategy to cut carbon.