Carp anglers join protests over controversial HS2

In the week a report into the HS2 rail-line said it would boost the UK economy by £15bn a year, a group of carp anglers has voiced concerns over the project.

The Carp Angling Protection Society, which was formed in October, has written to the Department for Transport seeking assurances over the proposed railway, which will link London and the north.

Chairman Dean Watts said in a letter seen by Angling Times that the proposed route would “destroy natural habitats, SSSIs, [and] historically important and famous angling lakes such as Savay, Korda and Pit 3”.

A report compiled by accountants KPMG on behalf of the project said regions outside of London would be the biggest beneficiaries of the rail link, though the economic boost would not be felt until 2037.

In a separate concern, CAPS also asked whether bridge repairs around London and the Colne Valley could affect the River Chess and lakes such as Croxley Hall.