A CALL has been launched for a full debate on high-speed rail after it was branded a ‘waste of taxpayers’ money.’
Balsall Common resident Paul Joyner believes the new line, which would carry trains capable of reaching up to 250mph, is bad for local residents, wildlife and the environment.
His village is one of those likely to be affected by the proposed route.
Urging local MP Caroline Spelman to engage in a “meaningful debate” with constituents about the issue, Mr Joyner said: “The desire to have a transport infrastructure that will take trains capable of doing 400km/hour will create more carbon emissions per person carried.
“Building it will require deforestation across a 75m width damaging wildlife.
“The assumption that the trains will carry 20,000 passengers a day from Birmingham to London is very ambitious. Surely there are better ways to spend taxpayers’ money.”
Mrs Spelman MP for Meriden said: “High Speed Two is important because there is no spare capacity for freight on the West Coast Main Line - it offers a greener solution for removing freight and taking passengers off the streets and using more public transport.”