Calls to make HS2 less of an 'eyesore'

Many campaign groups want HS2 scrapped completely. Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

Green campaigners are calling for a more ambitious landscaping strategy to prevent HS2 becoming "an eyesore for generations to come".

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) said HS2 Ltd's mitigation strategy includes planting up to two million trees, many of them fast-growing, to hide the London to Birmingham high-speed line.

But CPRE added that maps it had produced showed that "along most of the route, the area where you can see HS2 will be just as extensive 15 years after opening."

The CPRE wants to see a more extensive planting strategies and the putting under ground of nearby electricity transmission lines.