HS2 petition ‘must start again’ after gaining 104k signatures
Campaigners trying to stop the government’s planned High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link have been told they must restart their petition against the scheme. Although new government rules state that e-petitions with over 100,000 signatures will be considered for a full parliamentary debate, the Against HS2 campaign gained 50,000 online signatures – with the other 54,000 signatures having been collected by pen and ink.
Because the petition did not receive all of its 104,000 signatures online, officials indicated that it did not meet the 100,000 target and therefore was not eligible for Parliamentary debate. A new petition is available on the Government’s E-Petition website but at the time of writing it had just 4,700 signatures.
High Speed Two is planned to run between London and Birmingham. The scheme will eventually extend into Leeds and Manchester and will also serve Heathrow Airport. AN interchange with Crossrail is planned to be built in Harlesden, opposite Wormwood Scrubs prison. HS2’s planned route will take it from London Euston through the heart of West London, along the little-used Acton-Northolt Line.
The ANL – which passes through Acton, Park Royal, Hanger Lane, Greenford, Northolt and Ruislip – sees little use at present. Trains capable of reaching 250mph would travel along new rails laid next to the existing track on the ANL. HS2 will also pass through the borough of Hillingdon.
A large scale map of the proposed route to Birmingham is available on Wikipedia, as is a schematic of the Acton-Northolt Line. Detailed maps of the HS2 route drawn up by the Department for Transport can be seen via this interactive BBC map.
Image via Train Chartering & Private Rail Cars, Flickr.