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High Speed Battle

News Article, Church Fenton, North Yorkshire

Article By: Dave Roberts

First Published: 30 January 2013

ONLY HOURS after the Department of Transport announced plans to build 'High Speed 2' (HS2) railway connecting parts of Yorkshire with London and Birmingham, campaigners against the plans are setting up protest groups and arranging village meetings in a fight against the plans.

The Church Fenton Village Action Group, is one such group with aims to thwart plans for High Speed 2 to pass through the village.

Conversely, Labour Leader of City of York Council 'James Alexander' believes there are great benefits that HS2 will bring to the region. He Tweeted "HS2 is right thing to do."

According to the Department of Transport, the plans were unveiled as David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin underlined the Government's absolute commitment to investing in the infrastructure that Britain needs to compete and succeed in the global economy.

The Government department say the building of a station at New Lane in Leeds, will see the slashing journey times to Birmingham to 57m from 1-hour 58-minutes and it will be 50 minutes quicker to get to London. Adding that Leeds will also benefit from the creation of over 13,000 jobs as a result of the station supported employment at the new HS2.

However, some people who have only just discovered their homes may need to be demolished as part of the plans, say they are horrified and will fight the proposals all the way.





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