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Ramblers in paths warning over HS2 plan

Posted 21 July 2011
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Ramblers in paths warning over HS2 plan
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The Ramblers has expressed concerns about the potential impact on walkers of the proposed high speed rail link between London and Birmingham, known as HS2.

It is planned for the route to pass through the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the body has noted it will affect 150 existing footpaths.

While it will clearly affect those planning to put on their walking trousers and head for the outdoors, the benefits of HS2 are in question, said Ramblers chief executive Tom Franklin.

Pointing to recent reports arguing the economic and environmental case for the project is dubious, he stated: "With the benefits of HS2 becoming increasingly unclear and the damage to this beautiful walking country all too obvious, it may be time for the government to rethink its strategy on HS2."

While there may be questions about the HS2 plan, those using the railways in many parts of the country may find them a great way to access popular walking areas.

Examples may include the line through the Peak District from Manchester to Sheffield, stopping at Edale, or through the western part of the Cairngorms National Park, helping people reach walking bases like Kingussie, Newtownmore and Aviemore.