High speed rail route gets go ahead
by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
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Warwickshire Wildlife Trust has expresses disappointment as the first phase of High Speed 2 (HS2) is given the go-ahead by the Transport Secretary. Serious damage to wildlife and habitats is expected in Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull as a result of the route's construction.
Research by The Wildlife Trusts shows the route for HS2 phase one, to run from London to Birmingham, could threaten around 160 wildlife sites including more than 40 ancient woodlands. In Warwickshire around 80 important sites are threatened, including, for example, the irreplaceable ancient bluebell woodland at South Cubbington.
Additional measures to reduce negative impacts, including tunnel construction, were announced by Justine Greening today but we can see no benefit to wildlife or wild places in Warwickshire.
Stephen Trotter, Chief Executive, for Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, said:
"Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is committed to securing the best possible outcome for wildlife as HS2 is developed: the Government must live up to its promises to protect the natural environment by committing the funds and resources to ensure full and proper compensation for the habitats and species which will be destroyed."
Paul Wilkinson, Head of Living Landscape for The Wildlife Trusts, said:
"The Transport Secretary says Government is committed to the ‘lowest feasible impact’ on wildlife. Yet the mitigation measures announced focus on the noise and visual impact of HS2. They include tunnels in various locations. Tunnels will not necessarily prevent damage to fragile habitats – their construction could even make matters worse. It is vital that the impacts on wildlife are not overlooked yet again in this process".
Read more about Warwickshire Wildlife Trust's position on HS2 at www.wildlifetrusts.org/hs2 or at www.warwickshire-wildlife-trust.org.uk.
Stephen Trotter, Chief Executive
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