Rail hotline is launched

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A BODY campaigning against the proposed high-speed rail network – which could see a new line connecting London with South Yorkshire – has set up a hotline to help people respond to a consultation which closes next Friday.

The pressure group, Stop HS2, has started the hotline amid concerns that people are still unsure how to air their views on the high-speed railway.

The Government is currently consulting on plans to build a line from London to the West Midlands, which would split off into two branches, with one going to Manchester and the other through the East Midlands, South Yorkshire and on to Leeds.

Joe Rukin, Stop HS2’s founder, said the consultation was “one of the most internet-based consultations ever”.

“Some people don’t have easy access to the internet,” he added.

“It can be as simple as saying ‘no’ seven times and putting your name and postcode on a postcard.”

The hotline can be contacted by calling 01926 850039.