Remote actions to support Stop HS2

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Please uphold XR’s Principles and Values and the Rebel Agreement when engaging in these remote actions. Please consider that the individuals involved will all be navigating this stressful and emotional period and for some, their livelihoods and futures will be very uncertain.

There are four woods that Stop HS2 thinks are in immediate danger: Crackley, Broadwells, Birches and Cubbington. These woods are in the vicinity of Kenilworth.

At this moment, those who would like to participate in actions from home can call or email the  HS2 helpline and make the following complaints:

  1. As of this writing (24th March) Scotland and Wales have now halted all major construction sites to comply with the physical distancing required. In England, Crossrail has also shut down. HS2 bosses should comply as well.
  2. HS2 workers are travelling across the UK to compounds (For example, there were people from Scotland to Cardiff working on fencing on Monday 23rd March)
  3. HS2 plan to fell ancient woodland in bird nesting season, when it is illegal to disturb nesting birds according to Wildlife Countryside Act 1981. HS2 have already been clearing trees and hedgerows and disturbing nests, in full knowledge that what they are doing is illegal.
  4. You may also want to refer to this letter written by Robert Butler MP on 23rd March.

HS2 Helpline: Tel 08081 434 434


You can also email the Prime Minister directly to express the above points. Here is Extinction Rebellion’s letter that they sent today.

There are 4 subcontractors that the Stop HS2 campaign have reported seeing on site, although we have been unable to independently verify their participation in HS2 work. You could consider contacting these subcontractors to express concern for their employees and their activities: 

New actions added 24/3/20 pm!!!!

Here is a list of Contractors working on HS2 who you can phone or email.

This is the crowdfunder page to support the Stop HS2 campaign

The petition to Repeal the 2013 and 2017 HS2 Hybrid Bills halting all HS2 works immediately.

Email the HS2 Minster, Andrew Stephenson: You could use this letter as your starting point.

You could email your MP, perhaps using this letter as your starting point.

Follow, like and support the Facebook pages for the sites:

Save Cubbington Woods – Stop

HS2 Crackley Woods HS2 Protection Camp.

Wendover Active Resistance Camp

Save the Colne Valley

Support the camps to defend the land and all life on it! Find out more here:

Here are a list of Twitter accounts that might be of interest:










New action added 26/3/20

Email or call SERVEST security (part of Atalian Servest)

Tel: 0800 614 678


Their own documents state: “…we intend to produce a positive impact on the environment through the adoption of sustainable and ethical practices. The pursuance of these objectives is achieved through our meeting of the requirements of the international standard ISO 14001.”


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Tomorrow morning the Government's Transport Committee begins an enquiry into 'Reforming Public Transport After The Pandemic'. (1)

The Transport Committee exists to scrutinise the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department of Transport, who are responsible for HS2.

HS2 was an insane idea before the pandemic. Post-pandemic it's even crazier. The ways we work and travel have changed forever. Demand for travel is not anticipated to return to pre-pandemic levels, let alone dramatically increase. (2)

The business case Boris Johnson used to give HS2 the go-ahead in February took no account of Covid-19, so it's is even more bankrupt than it was then.

ACTION - Please take a minute to send a polite email with your views on the need to cancel HS2 to the Transport Committee at

Some other points you could mention ...

HS2's expenditure is out of control, with expert analysis now pointing towards £170billion. (3)

HS2's administration is a disaster, from property owners being evicted without being paid, to the vast amount of taxpayers' money required to buy properties still being unclear. The management of essential licenses to protect wildlife are in chaos.

The policy of pursing HS2 goes against the Government's Net Zero target by 2050.

ACTION - Please take a minute to send a polite email with your views on the need to cancel HS2 to the Transport Committee at

If you are on Twitter, you can also tweet your views to @CommonsTrans

Many thanks.

Stand For The Trees

1 - Transport Committee
2 - Questions Over HS2 as Coronavirus Prompts Transport Enquiry
3 - HS2 Project Could Cost Taxpayer £170billion
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From Frank Frack

During the Fracking at PNR, we started to look further into the roles and activities of suppliers, in the main, those that used HGVs.
If you operate an HGV (any vehicle over 3.5 tonnes), you need to have an operators license. These can be corporate or personal. The license covers a number of things, mainly that the vehicles are suitable and roadworthy. They also cover the financial aspect of the company and the parking/storage of trucks and ancillary equipment.
Using the systems already in place, this information can easily be found and monitored. On a couple of occasions, we found vehicles were used not having a valid test certificate or tax. We also highlighted tachograph issues and security of loads.
HGV drivers have to have a vocational license to drive commercially, this consists of 35 hours training every 5 years. This means that any drivers who break existing rules should be reported, this can include attempting to drive through protests, unsafe/dangerous loads, condition of vehicles and trailers, tidiness of the cabs and how the vehicle is used.
A database could be set up and any evidence placed on it against the company or a recognised driver. Many items will only attract a verbal advisory, but if there is a pattern, there is more likelihood of action from the Drivers Standards Agency.
We did use Facebook to do this, it must be secure and only accessed by a very few to post on, then someone to oversee and report as and when.
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