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Hundreds sign petition against HS2 high speed rail link

An artist's impression of a high-speed train set to serve Sheffield on the HS2 line.

An artist's impression of a high-speed train set to serve Sheffield on the HS2 line.

Hundreds of angry people signed a petition against the HS2 high-speed rail scheme.

Renishaw, Killamarsh and Staveley householders say the impact on their villages has been ‘disregarded’ and puts ‘a dark cloud’ over them.

North Derbyshire MP Natascha Engel presented the petition and criticised HS2 in a debate in Parliament earlier this week.

HS2 will link Sheffield to London and it is expected to be complete by 2032.

Peter Howarth, chairman of the Killamarsh and Renishaw HS2 action group, said: “We’re annoyed at the total disregard that has been given to our villages when the planning for HS2 went ahead.

“The blight caused now and for the future throws a massive dark cloud over all of us and, at present, we do not see a way out.

“We oppose this development at every level and will continue our fight to protect our village.”

The lack of consultation with people whose homes will be affected was criticised by Ms Engel in the debate on the HS2 Hybrid Bill.

She said: “I am for improving the rail network, for better connections between cities, especially in the north, and for greater capacity where it is needed.

“However, this is not the right project.

“A report by the Institute of Economic Affairs undermines the economic argument will HS2 will regenerate the north and close the north-south divide.

“It will not.”

 

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