Borough opposition grows over HS2 proposals

Nearly 1,000 people have signed a petition opposing the Golborne Spur plans as part of the HS2 project.

Saturday, 21st November 2020, 7:00 am
James Grundy, pictured with resident campaigners, has launched a petition against the proposed route

Local MP James Grundy has launched the ‘Say NO to the HS2 Golborne Spur’ petition, which calls upon residents to join the fight against the railway project.

Part of the high speed rail network’s Phase 2b route, The Golborne Spur would run through Lowton and Golborne.

Mr Grundy, who has been a vocal opponent of the Golborne Spur of HS2, said the proposals will amount to “destroying precious green spaces” in the area.

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He said: “Nearly 1,000 people have already signed the petition. But we still need your help to help prevent this controversial project from going ahead.”

He said the plans would also fail to provide improved rail connectivity in the area.

He said: “The Government is currently consulting on the remaining sections of HS2, including the proposals for the Golborne Spur, which runs through our constituency.

“Thousands of families, including my own, are affected by the route of the Golborne Spur.

“Not only will it damage our local area by destroying precious green spaces, people’s homes, and employment sites, it will also fail to provide us with any of the rewards, such as improved local rail connectivity in our

area.

“This is why before submitting my own response outlining my opposition to the Golborne Spur, I am encouraging as many local residents as possible to sign the petition, so that I can highlight the immense local opposition.”

It comes after the Government has launched a new consultation on the remaining sections of HS2, including the Golborne Spur.

Mr Grundy said he will include the results of the petition in his final consultation response to the

Government.