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Hs2

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  • 1. HS2Hs2 stands High Speed 2, which is a proposedhigh speed rail link that the Government hasproposed should be built linking London firstto Birmingham, then Manchester and Leedsand eventually Glasgow.High Speed 1 has already been built and linksthe Channel Tunnel to London
  • 2. Many people argue that HS2 is a very important project and must be completed.Key points made to support the idea include: It will reduce the North-South divide that currently exists, creating wealthin many towns and cities in the North The completion of the project itself will take many years and will itselfgenerate lots of jobs in the construction sector Our current rail network is very close to full capacity and the new line is required toreduce overcrowding on our other networks The HS2 trains will dramatically reduce journey times and are planned to beamong the fastest in the world Large amounts of freight will be able to be moved quickly and efficientlyaround the country and will reduce the number of lorries and hence congestionand pollution on the motorways
  • 3. The company responsible for the HS2 Project is HS2 LTD Click for the link HERE
  • 4. Many people are against the idea of HS2 and say the project must not go aheadKey points made to support this argument include: The construction of the line will be very expensive, particularly at a time whenthe country is facing great financial pressure The Route cuts through a great deal of countryside which will be destroyed as a result.Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty such as the Chilterns will be destroyed for ever. Habitats and feeding areas for many wild creatures such as protected Bechstein’s batswill be destroyed The trains are very noisy and will generate a lot of noise pollution Those communities most affected by the line will not be able to use it because there areso few stops Time-savings made are minimal and not worth the cost involved. It is argued thattechnology such as video-conferencing will reduce demand for business travel by the timethe project is completed.
  • 5. The main organisationfighting against HS2 isthe Anti-HS2 AllianceTo go to their website click HERE
  • 6. News report on HS2
  • 7. BBC News article on HS2