HS2 campaigners welcome government change

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CAMPAIGNERS against the HS2 rail scheme have welcomed the news of a change of Transport Secretary.

Chief Whip Patrick McLoughlin replaces Justine Greening, who refused to meet with Stop HS2 campaigners in her 10 months in the job.

The controversial rail scheme which will link London and Birmingham and will go theough the villages of Aston le Walls, Chipping Warden and the Boddingtons.

Stop HS2 Campaign coordinator Joe Rukin said; “We welcome the appointment of Mr McLoughlin, who seems at first glance far more aware of the world around him than the two previous secretaries of state and has already spent more time in the DfT than them both put together.

“Given his background, we hope the new man in the DfT will be far more receptive than Justine Greening, who refused to even meet with us during her ten months in the job. We hope to put our case to both the new Minister and Secretary of State as soon as possible.”

“We had been expecting the consultations on compensation and land safeguarding, along with the publication of stage two of the route to happen in the next week or so, but surely, like when Justine Greening was appointed and delayed publishing the HS2 public consultation results, there will now be a rethink and a delay.

“To do anything else would be irresponsible and we will be pressing for a complete rethink on HS2, hoping that Mr McLoughlin will see the importance of an integrated transport infrastructure solution for Britain opposed to this ill thought out grand project.”