Campaigners face minister

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MORE than 200 campaigners took to the streets of Brackley this afternoon, Wednesday, to make their voice heard over the potential impact of the HS2 rail link plans.

Residents took part in the protest against the proposals when secretary of state for transport, Philip Hammond will be visiting the town to walk along part of the proposed route.

Mr Hammond will also be meeting with South Northamptonshire MP, Andrea Leadsom and Banbury MP, Tony Baldry this evening.

A public meeting will follow from 5pm-6pm at Brackley Town Hall.

Mrs Leadsom said: “I am hoping that once the minister has walked the line he will rethink the High Speed Rail project.

“In our small and crowded island, we need to use existing transport corridors for new transport projects.

“We simply do not have the space to plough across the country without permanent damage to people, communities and the destruction of unspoilt countryside.”

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