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Natures stands 'to lose if HS2 goes ahead'

Wildlife Trusts in England are calling on the government to do more to mitigate the environmental impact of the proposed high speed two railway line.

Currently, people and nature stand to lose if HS2 goes ahead which is why our opposition to the proposed route for HS2 remains. Like other affected groups we will be petitioning against it.

The Government needs to act now to set out an ambitious plan for restoring nature along the length of the route, if construction goes ahead, otherwise the environmental impacts will not be satisfactorily mitigated.

The greener vision for HS2 that we have published today shows that it would be feasible to create around 15,000 hectares of new, interlinked wild places established along the entire length of the route that people can walk, cycle through and enjoy, ultimately providing a 'net gain' for wildlife.

– Stephen Trotter, Wildlife Trusts