Between London and Birmingham, England, people living in the path of a proposed high-speed rail link say their homes are already impossible to sell. Carol Clark, whose end-of-terrace cottage in Wendover, Buckinghamshire, is just 100 yards from the proposed line, told Sky News that even if her home is saved from demolition, its value has been wiped out. "I am in limbo, I can't move forward with my life," said the 60-year-old, who moved into her house in 1998. "I am now in a situation where the house is completely unsellable. I thought I would end my days here."That's putting it mildly.
But the complaints are not just in the Chilterns - there are campaigners in towns and villages all along the route to the Midlands. Antony Chapman, who is among the campaigners rallying locals in Wendover, told Sky News: "The benefits of high-speed rail have been exaggerated and the costs have been underestimated."
Last year eastern Cincinnati residents successfully fought to keep the 3C Snail Rail Boondoggle from travelling through their neighborhood. They understood all too well that rail proximity is not an asset, but simply a community nuisance to be avoided. Cincinnati's 3C station is now planned to be at a suburban industrial park instead.