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High Speed 2 must be part of a wider transport strategy

28 January 2013
Campaign for Better Transport has welcomed Government plans for High Speed 2 but has warned that it must be part of a wider transport strategy.

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport said:

"We're pleased the Government is backing rail, and that the focus is now on greater capacity rather than very high speeds. But HS2 can't be planned in isolation - it needs to be linked to the rest of the transport network and to wider plans.”

Stephen Joseph continued

"The HS2 announcement comes as bailiffs evict protesters from the line of a link road at Hastings, which is just the first of many big new roads being promoted and funded by the Government. We'd like to see the Government follow this announcement today by backing away from road building and firmly supporting rail and public transport to tackle transport problems.

We are however concerned about some local impacts such as "parkway" stations, and will be asking the government to reconsider some of the station proposals announced today so they can link better with urban areas and existing railways".

"We know there are strong feelings on both sides about HS2; on balance we want to see the Government funding increased rail capacity rather than building roads, and believe that this can in fact contribute to cutting carbon emissions if it is part of a wider strategy".

ENDS

For further information please contact Andrew Allen, Press Officer at Campaign for Better Transport, on 020 7566 6483 / 07984 773 468 or andrew.allen@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

1. 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).

2. Plans for phase 2 of HS2 were published by the Department for Transport on 28 January 2013.

3. Research commissioned by Campaign for Better Transport and other NGOs highlights the need for wider policies to maximise carbon savings from HS2. The report highlights that greater carbon reductions can be achieved by sensible complementary policy measures and by making full use of the capacity that HS2 will release on the existing railway. The crucial factors include
•    New development is focused around the stations served by HS2, encouraging use of public transport, walking and cycling
•    High-speed rail stations are located in city centres rather than on the urban periphery
•    The additional capacity that is created on the conventional railway is used to its full potential, especially for rail freight which would result in fewer lorries on the roads
•    Policies are put in place to take passengers out of cars and planes and on to HS2

4. Campaign for Better Transport is urging against a return to major road building. On Sunday 27 January 2013 heads and senior staff from Wildlife Trusts, Campaign to Protect Rural England, RSPB, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and Campaign for Better Transport  http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/media/27-jan-hastings-visit are visiting Combe Haven to see first-hand the impact of the planned route of the Bexhill Hastings Link Road, and meet protestors campaigning against its construction. Images of the visit are available on the Campaign for Better Transport Flickr page.