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Campaigners call for HS2 integration plan as preferred route for second phase is announced

15 November 2016 

Responding to today’s announcement on the Government’s preferred route for HS2 from Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds, James MacColl, Head of Campaigns for Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"With future Government finances somewhat uncertain at present, the emphasis must be on getting the most from our investment in HS2. Its success depends not only on minimising the damage that the route would cause to communities and landscapes, but also on ensuring that it forms a viable and useful part of the transport network, attracting people and freight off the roads and out of planes. 

"To do this, the Government must set out an integration plan to show exactly how HS2 will enable extra freight and passenger trains on the existing network and how the new high speed services and stations will link with the rest of the transport network. Without more progress on this, the potential benefits of the scheme will be badly compromised."

ENDS

For further information please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  1. Read the Government’s full announcement here.
  2. Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).