HS2 review is welcomed by Green Party MEP, Lynn News letters
And it has ordered a review into the project.
This is something that I welcome, given the proposed destruction to natural landscapes caused by its construction and the missed opportunity to improve public transport links in other areas that desperately need more investment, such as East Anglia.
HS2 is meant to be a high speed rail link, initially between London and Birmingham, shaving approximately 15mins off the journey time between the two cities.
But it has been shambolic from the start, and at a cost of well over £80 billion, would not reduce carbon emissions and would provide exclusive travel affordable only for the rich in an area already well served by rail routes. Now, after years of spiralling costs and delays the Government has said it will consider scrapping HS2.
This should be an opportunity to rethink our investment in public transport and prioritise services like the one from East Anglia to the North West, which, as anyone who has travelled on it will know, desperately needs updating. I hope the government does scrap HS2 and spend what it saves improving cross-country routes so people can travel from Lynn to Norwich, for example.
Green MEP for the East of England
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