North Derbyshire residents to have say over high-speed rail fears

A train on the already-completed HS1 line linking London with the Channel Tunnel.
A train on the already-completed HS1 line linking London with the Channel Tunnel.
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Concerned residents living on the planned HS2 route are to meet officials from the high-speed rail project at a public meeting later this month.

The Killamarsh and Renishaw HS2 Action Group holds its next monthly meeting on November 20 – with HS2 project leaders promising to send representatives along.

Peter Howarth, chairman of the anti-HS2 action group

Peter Howarth, chairman of the anti-HS2 action group

The community group, which has more than 400 members, is opposed to the multi-billion HS2 plans, which they claim will cause huge disruption and are not worth the money due to be spent.

It is intended the HS2 route up to Meadowhall will run through both Killamarsh and Renishaw – with residents concerned they will face round-the-clock disruption from the proposed line.

HS2 bosses claim building the new high-speed rail network will provide a major economic boost to areas such as South Yorkshire by bringing faster links to London and other cities.

But Peter Howarth, chairman of the group, said: “We are strongly against HS2 for a lot of reasons.”

He said he believes the infrastructure project is likely to come in over budget and the national network could cost up to £100 billion to build.

Mr Howarth said the new HS2 lines will be close to existing railway routes in many instances.

He said: “We have perfectly good infrastructure at the moment that needs to be enhanced. The planned line in our local village of Killamarsh is running virtually alongside the old one.

“People are not aware it is going to affect them. We are a group of people fighting to protect our local area. The reality is it is costing so much money, it beggars belief.”

Mr Haworth said he hopes people will attend the meeting, at the Killamarsh Leisure Centre, starting from 7pm, to make their views known.