Published 17th July 2012
The Stop HS2 campaign is holding a day of action on Monday 16th July, the day before the parliamentary recess. It seems this will coincide with Justine Greening announcing (and possibly re-announcing) a number of rail investment packages which will negate the need for HS2 and go some way to further destroying the business case for HS2, such as the electrification of the Midland Mainline. Her announcement will also represent the ‘last chance saloon’ for rail investments to take place before HS2 construction spend kicks in and hogs the DfT infrastructure budget for decades.
The intention of the day is for supporters of the campaign to take an action of any kind on the day itself to remind MPs before they go on holiday that we have not and will not be going away, and we remain resolute and committed to the cause. As part of the day, there will be a rally outside Parliament in Old Palace Yard, SW1P 3JY, from 12-2pm.
On Sunday 5th August, Stop HS2 will be holding an activists meeting open to all supporters of the campaign from 2pm at Brackley Town Hall, NN13 7AB.
Stop HS2 Campaign Coordinator Joe Rukin said:
“On 16th July we will be asking our supporters to take action, no matter how small or simple. It can be as little as ringing or emailing your MP or councillors, but the important thing is that people do something.”
Penny Gaines, Chair of the group, said:
“It will send a strong message to Members of Parliament that it is something that people are really bothered about. We picked that date because MPs break up on the 17th and we want to make HS2 one of the last things they think about as they start their summer break.”
1. For further enquiries call Joe Rukin on 07811 371880 or Penny Gaines 07765 780553.
2. Other recent Stop HS2 press releases can be found at http://stophs2.org/category/press
3. The link to join the Stop HS2 mailing list is http://stophs2.org/mailing-list/216-join-our-e-mail-list