Written evidence from William Summers
The government appears to be hell bent on pushing
through the building of a high speed rail link in an effort to
keep up with other members of the EEC.
1. We do not have the area of land to support
such a major infrastructure project as is available in other EEC
2. We have no need for the project nor, certainly
not at the moment, the money to finance it.
3. The business case for it is not viable, wild
assumptions have been made to try to justify it.
4. If there were a need for increased capacity,
which is by no means certain then alternatives exist which would
be far less expensive.
5. HSR is not environmentally friendly using
far more CO2 than existing modes of travel.
6. The government, on behalf of the Nation, declared
the Chilterns an Area of OUTSTANDING national beauty. Intrusive
building is only allowed if there is an overwhelming need, no
alternative exists and all other avenues of solving the problem
explored. These criteria have not been met.