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Anti-HS2 campaigners spread their message at Tory conference
A NORTHWICH resident has called on politicians to consider spending tax payers’ money on speeding up local train journeys, rather than on HS2.
Lostock Green resident Ros Todhunter was just one of dozens of anti-HS2 campaigners who attended the recent Conservative Party Conference to peacefully protest against the £50bn project.
Members of Cheshire Against HS2 (CAHS2) displayed an array of banners, placards and HS2-themed cartoons outside Manchester Central on September 30.
Ros, whose 24 mile journey to Manchester took more than an hour, said: “As the proposed HS2 will slice through the end of my village and will not improve my local rail travel, I decided to go to the conference to ask the delegates to consider spending mine and other tax payers’ money on speeding up my local train journeys and all the other long-winded train journeys all over the UK, rather than on a few high speed rail lines.”
CAHS2 members spent three hours handing out leaflets and speaking to a range of people including Conservative party members and Manchester residents, about their objections to HS2.
Ellie the Stop HS2 elephant was also on show.
Ros added: “There were far more anti-HS2 views than I expected – more than half of those I approached were against the high speed rail lines.
“HS2 is meant to meet needed additional capacity but what about the folk coming to live in all the new housing developments planned and being built in Weaverham, Northwich, Moulton, Winsford and Middlewich?
“How will investing in a high speed rail line to London help their travel to work?”
Ewen Simpson, chairman of CAHS2, said: “It was a very worthwhile exercise, despite what the top Tory cabinet members say, we got open support from a group of Tory MPs and more discreet support from a large number of delegates.”
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