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HS2 latest news. Wildlife Trust issues complaint to EC

Monday 26th March 2012

HS2: The countryside under threat by Helen Walsh/ The countryside under threat by Helen Walsh/

Wildlife Trust raises complaint with European Commission over UK Government’s decision on High Speed Rail

The Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust has taken the unprecedented action of writing to the European Commission claiming that the UK Government chose the High Speed Rail (HS2) route between London and Birmingham without taking proper account of its environmental impacts. The letter of complaint is supported by four other Wildlife Trusts, HS2 Action Alliance and other wildlife and conservation groups.

The Government did not carry out a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) which would have required a thorough investigation of the environmental impacts of the HS2 route and viable alternatives. As a result, the process used by HS2 Ltd ignored vital information about the potential impacts of HS2 on nature reserves, protected species and important wildlife sites, claims the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust.


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