LOCAL MP Caroline Spelman has backed the new High Speed rail line (HS2) as a ‘green answer to the damage short haul flights and car travel are doing to the atmosphere’.
Speaking whilst visiting the Parkridge Centre in Brueton Park to mark World Environment Day on June 5, she said that on a cost/benefit analysis the benefit to the environment outweighed the cost, although she added that on an individual basis local residents might not see it that way.
However she emphasised that the new government was looking into ways to ease the fears of local residents.
“First of all there are going to be options on the route the line takes and the new government has said it will carry out a review of these,” she said.
“Then there is the issue of blight which we will be dealing with straight away; the blight laws in this country need reforming and my colleague Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, will be looking at doing this to end the uncertainty that can hang over people.
“There are also the environmental issues raised by protesters and I have asked the Transport Secretary Phillip Hammond to look into these and once I have his answers I will be passing them on to residents.”
The Meriden MP and Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs added that, no matter what one thought of the causes behind it, climate change was a real and challenging problem.