Report by Joe Rukin,
Lizzy Williams, the anti-high speed rail campaigner who began a marathon walk of the entire proposed HS2 mainline on the 1st of September in Staffordshire embarked on Day Seven of her walk today (7th September), continuing through Warwickshire. Following a highly successful event on Sunday, when hundreds of people walked and rode along the Kenilworth Greenway to Burton Green, more events in Warwickshire and Buckinghamshire are being planned for this weekend [11 September]. Lizzy is walking the entire route of HS2 from Lichfield to London, before coming back to walk the spur into Birmingham to coincide with Conservative Party Conference in October.
Williams, 36, said,
“The Greenway walk on Sunday was brilliant. It was great that so many people turned up to celebrate the countryside and it was amazing that so many people were knowledgeable about the fact there are so many holes in the business plan and know that there are no environmental benefits, but the whole country needs to know. There are more events planned for this weekend it is going to be brilliant that more people will be getting up and making their feelings known. There’s obviously a lot more to do besides, but it’s great to see so many people standing together against HS2.”
She continued; “The whole reason for me doing this was to raise public awareness about the facts about HS2, as too many people simply believe what the Government are saying about benefits which quite clearly don’t exist.”
Joe Rukin, Acting Convenor of National Campaigning Body Stop HS2 said “The Secretary of State and the DfT are making fraudulent claims made about the benefits of HS2. They are saying exactly the same things that were said about HS1 in Kent when that was built, but the benefits haven’t come about. They have had to cut train services to stem the losses as passenger numbers are a third of what was forecast, and it’s being sold for £1.5bn – a quarter of what it cost. People have to realise that they have to do something before the Government throw away hundreds of successful businesses, thousands of acres of countryside and billions of pounds which this country has not got. The more we get the facts across, the more people will realise what HS2 actually represents and the more difficult it will be for the Government to commit to this badly conceived proposal.”
By Joe Rukin, Chair of the Kenilworth Stop HS2 Action Group