51m is a group of 18 local authorities that has joined together in a national campaign to actively challenge the HS2 rail project. The group is known as “51m” because that represents how much HS2 will cost each and every Parliamentary Constituency…£51million.
This figure was based on a project cost of £33 billion; in June, 2013 this was increased by the Government to £42.6 billion. In November, 2015 the estimate was further revised to £55.7bn. The project will also trigger Barnett formula payments to Northern Ireland and Scotland amounting to £7.4bn, taking the overall figure to £63.1bn.
The group wants to emphasise the impact this proposed scheme will have on every taxpayer in the country for years to come.
Which councils are involved?
- Buckinghamshire County Council
- Aylesbury Vale District Council
- Chiltern District Council
- South Bucks District Council
- Wycombe District Council
- London Borough of Hillingdon
- Oxfordshire County Council
- Cherwell District Council, Oxfordshire
- Lichfield District Council, Staffordshire
- South Northamptonshire Council
- Warwick District Council
- North Warwickshire Borough Council
- Warwickshire County Council
- Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Warwickshire
- Three Rivers District Council, Hertfordshire
- Coventry City Council
- London Borough of Camden
- Stafford Borough Council
Parish Councils Affiliated to 51m
52 towns and parishes have affiliated to date. To read the full list click on briefing parish councils 25 mar 2014
Contact us/media enquiries
If you would like to contact 51m please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a media enquiry about 51m please call Rachel Prance on 01494 732903 or email: email@example.com
The 51m position statement
Each of the councils has signed up to the following position statement:
“The authorities have come together to oppose the proposals for High Speed Rail as they are currently proposed.
We do not believe that the business case stacks up and therefore cannot support the route suggested by Government and strongly object to the proposals.
We are opposed to the current High Speed rail proposals as they are presently outlined and do not believe that they are in the best interests of the UK as a whole in terms of the benefits claimed in the business case.
We are not opposed to the need for higher speed rail per se and fully acknowledge the need for strategic improvement to the national rail infrastructure but cannot agree with the current proposals as the economic and environmental benefits are not at all credible.
We do not believe that all the other alternatives to achieve the transport capacity, regeneration and environmental benefits have been fully explored by the Government and with in excess of £30billion proposed to be invested, we owe it to the nation to ensure these are fully explored.”
If you have any questions or comments please email firstname.lastname@example.org
51m Submission to the Transport Select Committee
In May, 2011 51m made a joint submission to the Transport Select Committee which considered HS2 at oral evidence sessions in June, July and September. You can read the submission document in full by visiting the Select Committee page on this website.
Please click here to read the Overview Chapter of the submission. The report of Transport Select Committee was published on 8 November.
51m Response to the National Consultation
In July, 2011 51m made a joint submission in response to the national consultation exercise on high speed rail. You can read the full submission document and appendices by visiting the Home Page.
Please click here to read the submission section.
Debate in Parliament
High Speed 2 was debated in the House of Commons on 13 October, 2011. The debate gave MPs the opportunity to discuss the project. To read the official record of the debate click on this link
Writing to your MP or the Government - Points to Consider