Convention to highlight the impact of HS2

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Campaigners against HS2 are holding a second national convention to highlight their opposition.

The high-speed rail route, which will cut through south Boddington, Chipping Warden and Aston le Walls if built, has been coming under continual scrutiny by the Stop HS2 group. The convention is being held at Stafford County Showground on June 29 with talks from The Woodland Trust about the impact of the development.

The announcement comes as the Information Commissioner has ruled that a project assessment review, which gave HS2 its first ‘amber-red’ rating must be released into the public domain now.

The review took place in November 2011, and is not due to be released until two years after compilation. There have since been another two assessments since which have also rated HS2 as an amber-red risk, with another review due this month.

The Government could be forced to publish in full all the amber-red assessments of HS2 as a result of the ruling.