Transport Infrastructure

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:45 pm on 11th February 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion 12:45 pm, 11th February 2020

HS2 is a dire reflection on this Government’s environmental credentials, with the destruction of 100 ancient woodlands and a miserably small modal shift of just 5% of passengers who would otherwise fly or drive. Indeed, the Government’s own figures show that HS2 does not cut carbon emissions. If it is to go ahead, surely it should be required to meet at the very least the European average for high-speed rail modal shift, which is 15% for cars and 30% for planes —why does it not?