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Petition handed over by Stafford and Stone MPs over HS2 amid fears it will be a terrorist threat

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: May 21, 2014

Petition handed over by Stafford and Stone MPs over HS2 amid fears it will be a terrorist threat

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A PETITION against HS2 plans which also calls for better compensation for Stafford and Stone residents and security against terrorist threats has been handed in to Parliament.

Jeremy Lefroy and Bill Cash fear HS2 could become a significant target for terrorists like the World Trade Centre in New York.

The MPs say: “HS2 is planned to be an ultra high-speed, British railway system of the 21st century, and will thus have high national and international visibility.

“We are gravely concerned that HS2 will as a consequence be a target of significant potential for terrorists to disrupt, analogous to the World Trade Centre in New York.

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“An explosive device might be detonated by a terrorist act on an HS2 train, travelling at 250 miles per hour during a peak-period and carrying 1,100 passengers. At about the same time, an HS2 train might be passing in the other direction, also at similar speed and passenger loading. The potential loss of life would be about 2,250 people.”

The MPs say although the bill has now gone forward for a second reading, they are strongly opposed to the scheme.

But the MPs are also asking for residents to be compensated adequately for any loss and damage as a result of the development. They say the compensation bill for HS2 should be amended to ensure any householders affected by loss of value, whatever their location should be entitled to claim compensation for the full amount.

They have asked for a new code of practice to ensure any homes or businesses bought by compulsory purchase are done so fairly and that the compensation is paid promptly.

Other measures put forward in the petition are for noise levels to be in line with World Health Organisation limits and concerns about the environment.

They have also called for assurances that if it does go ahead there will be a junction with the West Coast Main Line at Handsacre near Rugeley.

They say it is essential if Stafford and surrounding areas are to get any benefit from the project.

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