Villagers clash with HS2 representatives

An example of the high speed HS2 train which could tear up Derbyshire.

An example of the high speed HS2 train which could tear up Derbyshire.

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Villagers opposed to the Government’s controversial high-speed rail plan have clashed with representatives for the scheme.

A meeting organised by the Killamarsh and Renishaw HS2 Action Group attracted scores of protesters last Thursday.

The proposed Birmingham to Leeds leg of the HS2 route is expected to cut through many parts of Derbyshire including Killamarsh, Renishaw and Staveley.

However, the 250mph trains will not stop in the county.

Some villagers in Killamarsh and Renishaw face losing their homes as they lie in the way of the planned £43billion line.

Peter Howarth, of the group, said: “This money would be better spent helping our ailing NHS.

“Nurses deserve the financial input more than some train to London.

“Homes will be blighted, the environment will be damaged and businesses will be lost.”

The meeting – which took place at Killamarsh Leisure Centre – was attended by about 40 campaigners as well as North East Derbyshire MP Natascha Engel and National Trust representative Keith Challis.

HS2 said the route will create thousands of local jobs and speed up journey times.

Mr Howarth added: “We feel we held our own against HS2.”

The proposed HS2 route is intended to link London to Birmingham by 2026, with branches to Manchester and Leeds planned by 2032.

For more information on the Killamarsh and Renishaw HS2 Action Group, search for it on Facebook or email

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