SRCG Campaigners were interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours consumer advice programme on April 12th.
Later this month, campaigners will be petitioning the HS2 Parliamentary Select Committee to relocate the Railhead from Stone to Aldersey’s Rough near the M6 Keele Services.
Trevor Parkin, SRCG’s environmental lead described the project’s visual impact, rising 12 metres above the flood plain and 5 metres above Yarnfield Lane, which would dive 12 metres underneath the railhead.
SRCG road traffic lead Gordon Wilkinson cited statistics on drastically increased morning peak-time car queues at local roundabouts and junctions caused by railhead construction traffic. Using HS2’s own figures, at the A34 Hanford Island, the average mean car queue would rise from 37 to 391.
Stone County Councillor Jill Hood feared that given such queues, ambulances and patients wouldn’t make it to the Royal Stoke Hospital in time. She predicted that shoppers would shun a gridlocked Stone and that businesses “would just to have pack up and go”.
To listen to the 6 ½ minute clip on BBC iPlayer, click on https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09y6zfy scroll down the page to click on the Chapter ‘HS2’, 14’36” into the programme