Greenpeace today welcomed the arrival of the Eurostar cross-channel rail service at London St Pancras by scaling the iconic Victorian station and hanging a self-proclaimed uncharacteristically positive banner.
The three-metre high letters proclaiming ‘Yes!’ were followed by a strapline reading, "PS Gordon - no need for that third runway".
Gordon Brown was among a party of politicians and journalists travelling on the high speed rail link to Paris and back this morning.
photo credit: Will Rose
In a statement on the Greenpeace website, the environmental group suggest that although the Prime Minister is happy to take credit and make political capital from associating himself with the celebrated high-speed rail link, he is also supporting a new runway at Heathrow that will increase traffic at the airport by 70% while rendering his own government's commitment to cutting CO2 emissions completely impossible.
According to Greenpeace, the controversial third runway at Heathrow will predominately cater for short-haul journeys to locations such as Edinburgh, Brussels, Glasgow, Amsterdam, Paris and Newcastle. Such trips, the group says, are easily accessible by taking the train, which it claims causes on average 10 times less damage to the environment than flying.
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published: 16:46 - 14 November 2007