HS2 Consultation closes on 29 July 2011 – have your say!

Time is running out to have your say on the High Speed Rail project – whether you support or oppose it you have until the end of July to make your views known.

Find out more about the project, the proposed route that HS2 will take through the local area and respond to the consultation online at:  http://highspeedrail.dft.gov.uk.

If you are in favour of HS2 then you will find plenty of supporting advice on the Department for Transport website.

If you want to object, why not visit the Southam Area Action Group website for advice on how to answer the consultation questions? You can also see where the proposed route will go (metres from Bascote Heath) and find out about an alternative to HS2 called Rail Package 2.

Also, it’s been suggested that responses from people not living in the direct vicinity will have more weight as they will not be seen as ‘NIMBY’ responses – so ask your friends and family what they think.

Warwickshire County Council resolved last December to oppose HS2 and is one of 13 local authorities that have joined the 51M Group – a consortium opposed to the HS2 proposals – that will submit a co-ordinated response to oppose the scheme.

Councillor Alan Cockburn, the County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Communities, said: “Warwickshire is opposed to the proposals and we do not believe that the benefits of HS2 outweigh the cost and impact on the county. We urge residents to take five minutes to look at the facts on our new website and make their minds up about whether high speed rail is right for Warwickshire.”

As well as responding to the consultation online at:  http://highspeedrail.dft.gov.uk, you can write to:

High Speed Rail Consultation
PO Box 59528
SE21 9AX

Alternatively, if you would like a paper copy of the consultation form phone: 020 7944 4908.