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Half Million Residents ‘Hit By HS2’

Half Million Residents ‘Hit By HS2’

The HS2 rail project will affect more than 500,000 residents in towns and villages up to 25 miles away from the route in Middle England, warn campaigners. The warning comes from the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) which has analysed the impact the project will have through maps based on information from HS2. Additional lorry journeys will affect towns along a 40-mile wide corridor such as Thame in Oxfordshire, Princes Risborough and Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire, and Leamington Spa in Warwickshire.

Train Noise to Affect HS2 Route

The paper from the CPRE claimed that, when the HS2 scheme is complete, up to 95 decibels of train noise from as many as 16 trains hourly at 225mph will be heard near the track in some of the most peaceful areas of Britain. HS2 was criticised by CPRE senior transport campaigner Ralph Smyth who told the Mail on Sunday that he had to chase the data all the time, but an HS2 spokesman said a consultation earlier in the year was open to the public to respond. The spokesman added that HS2 sought to provide construction access “with minimal disruption”, and would consider how it could lower any adverse impacts further. He said the data supplied to the CPRE was based on the most accurate assessment give the design progress at the time.

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