Jon Trickett

Hemsworth Labour

My position on HS2

Last week HS2 came to see me just hours before publicly announcing a new route that goes right through the heart of our area. I made it clear to them that I am deeply unhappy with their plans, and that I will vote against them in Parliament if necessary.

Our community now has two sets of proposals hanging over our heads. If either go ahead, they will blight our area for years, creating noise and disruption, and putting the security of our homes in question. Yet HS2 promises to bring little benefit to our community, and does nothing to provide much-needed improvements to local transport links.

As your Member of Parliament, I oppose these recommendations and plan to actively campaign against HS2 in this area which I believe will have dire consequences for our people and our communities.

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commented 2016-07-22 17:06:42 +0100
Why is the Government pushing ahead with HS2 in any capacity? In 40 years’ time, when it’s complete, there will be very little need to physically travel to another place to do business because video conferencing-type technology will have vastly improved in that time. Meetings, training courses and lectures will all be available online without needing even to leave your home.
My company would not pay for an HS2 ticket for me to travel to London; they would send me on the cheap train, which conveniently leaves from Wakefield. I would not travel with my family to London on HS2 either, we could fly abroad for the cost!
HS2 will not benefit local people; instead they will suffer long term sound, visual and environmental pollution and generally have a lower quality of life, and there will also be disruption to their homes, lives and businesses. It seems a complete waste of money which would be more sensibly invested in better communications technology and improvements to existing train lines and trains. Capacity is also a nonsense argument due to the future higher use of video linking online and fewer people needing to use any kind of train.
Finally, how close does the HS2 trainline go to the Planners’ houses – bet they aren’t disrupted!

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