Friday, 8 July 2011

We sign up to the Right Lines Charter (8/7/11)

Ramblers has signed up to the charter, promoted by the CPRE, aimed at holding the Government to account on its approach to high speed rail.  The Charter calls for a national transport strategy, better future-proofing of big transport proposals, effective public participation and a more strategic approach to minimising adverse impacts. At the moment, the High Speed Rail proposals for 'HS2' from London to Birmingham fall well short of the Charter's principles.

Ten other organisations have signed up, including the RSPB, the Wildlife Trusts, and the Campaign for Better Transport,

We generally support improvements to public transport but as well as the adverse impacts to the surrounding landscape, as Britain's walking charity we are concerned that these plans overlook the protection of footpaths. 

Unless the public is involved in the decision-making process and provision is made for access and rights of way, HS2 will sever more than a hundred and fifty public paths – something the Ramblers will campaign vigorously to prevent.

Tom Franklin
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