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Anti-HS2 walk reaches Bucks

Campaigners are walking the route of the railway.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:45am 24th June 2020. 3-minute read.

Anti-HS2 walk reaches Bucks

Campaigners against the high speed railway have reached Buckinghamshire in their walk. 

Ant-HS2 campaigners, alongside Extinction Rebellion, have organised a walk from Birmingham to London following the route of the railway. 

Starting off on Saturday 'The Rebel Trail' walkers arrived in Steeple Claydon yesterday evening and will make their way through the area today.

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Caroline is a local hairdresser who says following as close to the railway course as possible has a huge impact:

"To walk along the actual route itself you see how arbitrarily this red line was just drawn on a map linking Euston with Birmingham without any consideration of the habitats it was going through. 

"Also the wildlife issues that are of particular interest here. So the mitigation efforts or lack there of for bats which we have nationally important colonies of. There's a loss of butterflies colonies as well.

"And not just habitats but the cultural impact as well.

"It's by being here boots on the ground that the real impact, intensity and scale of what HS2 is doing brings it home to you."

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Today Caroline will be joining walkers like Rob from Extinction Rebellion who have undertaken walking the full route. 

Rob explained why he thinks it is important to continue to listen to local people:

"It is wonderful meeting the communities who have come out to support us. They've been telling us all about where we are walking, and how they used to visit these woods when they were kids.

"Walking through Steeple Claydon that whole area is just really beautiful and we see a lot of the residents have already come out but it would be great if we could hear more and see more."

Campaigners are urging for people to look into the route and learn about the consequences on nature and the local environments.

Elizabeth Cairns, Extinction Rebellion member and Stopping HS2 Chilterns cofounder, said:

"The Government did not ask the public if they wanted HS2. Instead of "levelling up" the country, this train will heighten existing levels of inequality and drag more economic activity to London. Globally we are living through the sixth mass extinction. Nationally we are approaching a recession unseen in scale since the 1920's.

"HS2 will not only adversely affect communities along the route, it will also contribute to the global climate crisis and taxpayers will be left to foot the bill for this destruction. Why are we still going ahead with this train line that no one wants? It's madness!"

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