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25/11/2010
Cameron's Telegraph article; a High Speed Vote Loser


South Northants Action Group(SNAG) is shocked and disappointed at todays DailyTelegraph article quoting David Cameron as saying high speed rail will go ahead. 

David Edwards, the Chair of SNAG said today:  " At a recent parliamentary lobby day organised by our local MP Andrea Leadsom MPs, affected people, academics and rail experts all heard the Secretary of State for Transport Philip Hammond and Transport Minister Theresa Villiers claim the formal consultation due to start shortly would look at the whole issue of High Speed Rail  rather than simply the current Preferred Route 3. Now we hear from the Prime Minister that high speed rail is in his eyes a done deal. So much for consultation, listening to the people and big society. We call on the Prime Minister to recognise the anger caused by his article and confirm that consultation means genuine accommodation of constructive criticism and not flagrant patronisation."

SNAG supporters are genuinely concerned about the impact of HS2 on their area, we have always maintained that we would accept these impacts if it could be shown to be the best solution in the national interest provided compensation and mitigation was fair. To date we remain deeply skeptical. The environmental argument for HS2 is already lost since the Government themselves admit HS2 is at best carbon neutral and the business case is also deeply flawed. It cannot be right to be committing £33bn to this white elephant project when so many other important aspects of public spending are being cut.

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