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High-speed rail link: nimbys and ticket prices

10 August 2011

From Ean and Ann Kinmont


Sir, — We find it unfair that anyone who objects to the HS2 is called a “nimby”, a term of abuse these days (Letters, 5 August).

Our latest report from Woodland Trust tells us that the route will destroy 21 Ancient Woods and cause irreversible damage to 52 more. We feel that these are part of our heritage just as much as ancient churches and other buildings, as well as being irreplaceable habitats for many wild creatures.

We, too, object to HS2, and we don’t live anywhere near the proposed route.

15 Barrett Rise, Malvern
Worcestershire WR14 2UJ

From Mr Christopher Johnson
Sir, — Mr Skelton makes very valid points about Christian respons­ibility for the environment with regard to the HS2 rail line. What he fails to observe is the effect that HS1 has had upon the rail service in Kent. Fares have risen above inflation to ridiculous levels, particularly in relation to the high-speed trains into St Pancras.

The high mark-up on the high-speed service is understandable, but it can be prohibitive to those on low or non-existent incomes. Take the “slow train”, you may say. Journey times on other services have faced an increase of 20 minutes or more, as smaller stations (who have had their two trains per hour slashed to only one) are added to the route. So, while some may be delighted by their new, efficient service, those at smaller stations may throw environmental concerns to the wind and hop in their car.

Patience is a virtue, not a standard issue.

(formerly of Canterbury)
13 Selkirk Drive
Sutton Heights
Telford TF7 4JE

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