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Ramblers raises HS2 path concerns

Posted 8 November 2011
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Ramblers raises HS2 path concerns
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A number of footpaths potentially affected by the proposed construction of the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail line between London and Birmingham need to be "accounted for", the Ramblers has warned.

The organisation has welcomed the publication of a report by the House of Commons Transport Select Committee identifying unresolved environmental issues in the business plan for HS2, but noted this ignored 150 walking routes the new line will cut across.

Campaigns officer Rachel Alcock warned: "If they are neglected and left to be dealt with case by case during the planning process, these footpaths will be at risk from being scrapped from our maps forever."

Those setting out with their rucksacks to go walking need to have their concerns dealt with, the body believes, while maintaining a position of not being against HS2 in principle.

Other groups - such as the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) - have been happier with the report.

CPRE transport campaigner Ralph Smyth said the key now is for the implementation of the project to be part of "wider planning" to protect the environment while boosting the economy.