Press Release 30 June 2017 :

Local Campaigners challenge HS2 Limited figures on Route Choice 

It is no surprise to local residents that HS2 Limited have no answers to the thousands of questions we have asked since July 2016. Often there has been no response. We challenged  the central justification of the M18 Eastern Route, namely that there was a smaller population affected and fewer residential demolitions, than the previous Meadowhall Route. When HS2 Limited was unable to give any figures on residential demolitions in Crofton and elsewhere, residents spend many months going through maps and checking on the ground how many houses were close to line and whether they may be demolished. We were shocked to discover that NOBODY at HS2 Limited had done a similar exercise. Not one physical map looked at. Instead they had relied on a GIS Postcode software package which estimated the number of households/residencies within an approximated area near to the track. We asked for methodology and discovered that DIFFERENT CRITERIA had been used to calculate the comparative estimates of populations between the two route choices in such a way as to minimise the numbers of people and demolitions on the New Route and maximise those on the Meadowhall route. Comparing APPLES and ORANGES to prove a case. Such would be called FRAUD OR DECEPTION OR FALSE CLAIM in an advert or Commercial Report. The people of Yorkshire deserve the truth, before any more money is wasted and the communities deserve to be listened to.

Route option Overlooked by HS2 Limited


HS2 Limited officials confirm that "they missed" the possibility of adapting the 2013 Consulted Meadowhall route to work with the Sheffield Midland Station option using the Sheffield Midland line. In the HS2 Communities Report presented to HS2 Ltd on November 17th 2016 and Department for Transport, a route option named the "Meadowhall Hybrid" was identified which might save £534m and HS2 Director Of Route Engineering Alisdair Hassan confirmed it was potentially viable, no study had been undertaken by HS2 Ltd into it, and that it had been overlooked.

CONSULTATION REMINDER : LAST CHANCE TO OBJECT TO HS2 M18 EASTERN ROUTE  BEFORE MARCH 9TH 2017
IMPORTANT 

TO REGISTER YOUR OBJECTION TO THE NEWLY PROPOSED HS2 M18 EASTERN ROUTE PLEASE COMPLETE OUR EASY ONLINE CONSULTATION FORM. 

IT WILL GENERATE AN EMAIL CONSULTATION RESPONSE WHICH WILL BE SENT TO THE HS2 CONSULTATION EMAIL ADDRESS RECORDING YOUR OPPOSITION TO THE ROUTE.

WHO CAN APPLY :-   1)_ANYONE OF ANY AGE LIVING IN A COMMUNITY ALONG THE ROUTE   2) ANYONE WHO WILL BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY THE NEW ROUTE IN YORKSHIRE  3) ANYONE WITHIN/OUTSIDE OF YORKSHIRE WHO WANTS TO OFFER A VIEW 


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HS2 CONFERENCE IN WAKEFIELD


Fact : 52% of Yorkshire People are solidly opposed to the wasting of £90 billion on High Speed 2 (Comres 2015)


Fact : The New Recommended M18/Eastern HS2 route through Yorkshire involves the destruction of at least 240 homes, which is twice the amount of demolition required by the original proposed route of 105 homes , despite false claims made by Sir David Higgins on July 7th that "Overall, though, it is expected fewer properties would be need to be demolished" (p.22 Sheffield & South Yorkshire Report)

Fact : The New Recommended M18/Eastern HS2 route is not new but is identical to the route rejected by HS2 Limited in 2012 as part of it's sifting process. The East of Rotherham Group of routes was rejected because high noise and environmental impacts. 



Fact: HS2 Limited quickly abandoned Sheffield Meadowhall HS2 station in July 2016, admitting the proposed 2013 route was the wrong choice but then dusted off old plans working on old maps & basic assessments done in 2011,  five years old since when a 212 home housing development at the Strata Home Shimmer Estate in Mexborough and the  220 home Redrow Priory Fields & Harron Home Royal Wells Park at Crofton have been newly built. The First of these will be demolished by the new route & the other two close proximity to track & Depot.

Fact : The Statement made by HS2 Chairman Sir David Higgins that the new route would involve less risk from the legacy of mining,result in less overall expected noise impact is a false statement (p.22)No noise assessments have been carried out on the new route, but with 80,000 people living within 1km of the route : the numbers of people affected by intolerable levels of noise will exceed the estimate of 6,200 on the first route by a factor of 4. The past mining activities in Mexborough and Crofton would make the siting of a High Speed Train route unwise & expensive.