According to this article, the Woodland Trust, a conservation charity, believes the government’s high-speed rail link link between London and Birmingham will either destroy or cause irrevocable damage to sites which house treasured flora and fauna.

I have been receiving regular updates from those lobbying against HS2 on their activities and I applaud their hard work. Moving away from the conservation perspective (and I am keeping my views firmly neutral) I do like the theoretical idea of linking London and Birmingham to diffuse some of the mono-City economic effects of London more widely.

It seems to me the challenge is about how best to achieve this practically and perhaps there are other ways to do it linked to ICT and focused investment (one of the first enterprise zones announced in the budget will be in Birmingham) and on this basis is the idea of this extremely expensive new piece of infrastructure barking up the wrong tree?

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