HS2 Class Action Website Launch
Wednesday, June 26 2013
Campaigners, who hope to make legal history by launching a class action-style suit against HS2 Ltd and the Secretary of State over the proposed High Speed Rail line, have launched a new website this week.
Staffordshire businessmen Trevor Forrester, Stephen Bailey and Nick Rafferty, have gone live with the ‘CAHS2 – Property Righted Not Blighted’ www.cahs2.com website as the second reading of the High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill was set to take place later today in the House of Commons.
Through the website Trevor Forrester, who lives in Ingestre, aims to get sufficient backing through the website to push ahead with a class action lawsuit against the Government over HS2 and the devastating impact it will have on property values.
This week promises to be a busy week for anti-HS2 campaigners as Stop HS2 will be holding a national convention at the Staffordshire County Showground this Saturday (June 29).
During the day, which runs from around 9.30am until 5.30pm, people will have the opportunity to listen to talks by specialists, campaigners, action groups and those impacted by HS2 and question a panel of politicians on the multi-billion rail project.
Information sessions and workshops will also be held during the Convention on a host of issues and topics including the impact HS2 will have on the natural environment, fundraising ideas for action groups and how to make Freedom of Information requests.
UKIP Transport Spokesman Mike Nattrass, who will be on the question panel at the Convention, is looking forward to seeing a good turnout to this Saturday’s event.
The West Midlands MEP said: “I look forward to being quizzed on my views on HS2 and why I believe the ill-conceived EU-driven rail project should be derailed and how cash should instead be injected into improving our existing rail network.
“The weighty evidence for the case against HS2 continues to mount. Just last week a report by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) said major upgrades to the East Coast and West Coast Mainlines would ‘cost effectively increase the speed, reliability and capacity of long distance, inter-regional journeys. Plus, it would avoid the need to build an energy intensive, ecologically damaging new link’.
“NEF also quite rightly stated that money currently earmarked for HS2 would be better spent on regional rail enhancements to connections between towns and cities in the Midlands and the North of the country.
“I urge as many people as possible to come along to the Convention and hear how HS2 is a fundamentally flawed project.”