Environmental Impact of HS2

Ensuring that HS2 strikes the right balance between the needs of affected communities and the environment, and the long-term needs of the country as a whole is essential. As you may be aware, Ministers have launched an independent review of HS2, which will also consider HS2's environmental benefits, in particular for carbon reduction in line with net zero commitments. While the review is ongoing, removals of ancient woodland for HS2 will be stopped - unless they are deemed to be absolutely necessary to avoid major cost and schedule impacts in the event the project proceeds.

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