Objections to rail bid’s new route

OPPONENTS: The campaigners pictured at Howell Wood.
OPPONENTS: The campaigners pictured at Howell Wood.
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campaigners ARE fighting back against plans to bring the controversial HS2 rail tracks through ‘our nature spots’.

A revised draft of the route shows that the high speed link proposals have moved 40 miles east, which could bring trains through Hemsworth, South Elmsall and Nostell.

But councillors were so outraged by the plans they have set up a campaign group – and are now appealing for others to make their voices heard. South Elmsall and South Kirkby councillor Michelle Collins said: “It’s going to ruin everything that as a community we’ve worked so hard to build up.”

“The tracks are going to be cutting through a lot of our natural places.”

The plans reveal that the rail lines would cut very close to Howell Wood near South Kirkby. Coun Collins said: “We want more people to get involved. When you see to scale and how close the tracks are going to be it’s going to affect us massively.”

She said that the group is not opposed to building the infrastructure in general, but thinks it is of no benefit to the people in this area.

The group, which is informally called Stop HS2, is also encouraging people to get involved with the consultation process which will start in the autumn.

The multi-million pound high speed rail project aims 
to cut travelling times to London.

Originally the planned route passed through Havercroft and Cold Hiendley, but a revised plan came out three weeks ago.

Drawings show that it could potentially come in just south east of South Elmsall, running to the west of Hemsworth and east side of Crofton, then join a route north of Crofton and go west through Altofts.

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