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You can’t run HS2 through a tunnel – remember Algeria, says a Tory councillor

Andy McSmith
hs2 300x225 You cant run HS2 through a tunnel   remember Algeria, says a Tory councillor

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Many people will have reasons for opposing the high speed rail link, it being impossible to construct a project of that size without putting a lot of noses out of joint, but David Skinner, a Conservative councillor from Coventry and former foreign office official, may be alone in basing his objection on the Algerian hostage crisis. What happened in Algeria, he argues, could happen in a railway tunnel such as the one which it is to be built to the west of Coventry, to avoid despoiling the village of Burton Green.

“The installations in Algeria are legal, highly technical, important and for human benefit, but they have been very seriously attacked, with appalling results,” he told the Coventry Observer. “HS2 would be legal, highly technical, important and for human benefit, but the route includes, for example, deep tunnels, including in Burton Green. I remember 7/7 and the Madrid train bombing, to say nothing of attacks in so many parts of the world.”

The good councillor does not appear to be picking up much support for this argument, even in Coventry. “The city council has a tall building, Civic Centre 4. Should we demolish it because a plane might, just might, fly into its 13th floor?” asks his fellow councillor, Allan Andrews.

  • Gareth Rees

    Councillor Skinner should be pushing for HS2 to be routed directly through Coventry to promote regeneration of a seriously depressed area.


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