Mark Whitehead 25 June 2018

Extra £8m HS2 funding for environmental projects

A 'green corridor' will be created alongside the HS2 high-speed railway to create a network of environmental projects from the capital to the north of England, it has been announced.

It will include new wildlife habitats, native woodlands and community spaces aimed at integrating the controversial new railway into the surrounding landscape.

In the section from London to the West Midlands there will be 7m new trees and shrubs, HS2 Ltd said.

It will also support community projects and develop public parks and nature reserves.

The rail company's chief executive Mark Thurston said the organisation would be calling on local people to get involved in the plans.

He said: 'Alongside improving connectivity, boosting the economy and unlocking new jobs and opportunities, I’m determined to ensure that HS2 also works for the environment and local communities.

'This starts by doing everything we can to reduce our environmental footprint and minimise the expected impact of our construction work.

'Longer-term, we’ll be leaving behind a network of new wildlife habitats, woodlands, and community spaces, helping to create a lasting legacy along the route.'

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