High Speed 2: Erasing the Living, Raising the Dead

Britain’s new high speed railway erases settled ways of life for thousands of people, writes Paul Coleman. Grimly, it also raises thousands of dead people out of the ground too. High Speed 2 (HS2) disrupts the lives and menaces the businesses of thousands of people along its London-Birmingham route. The railway even involves the mass exhumation of the bodies and remains of an estimated 61,000 people from their ‘final’ resting place at St James’ Gardens in the north London borough of Camden. But does HS2 serve a national or a global corporate interest?

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