HS2

18th July 2017

Andrew Bridgen MP for North West Leicestershire has stated he will continue to oppose the building of HS2 as the Government confirmed the final route for phase 2b which will run through North West Leicestershire

The final route which is scheduled to be completed by 2033 will now run West of Measham along the A42 and east of East Midlands Airport rather than tunnelling underneath it.

Following the announcement made by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, Andrew said in Parliament ‘When I predicted in 2013 that the cost of HS2 would balloon to £100 billion, I was wrong. It is clear that the project will end up costing the nation an awful lot more than that. Does the Secretary of State share my constituents’ concern? They would absolutely expect a Labour Government to wilfully and neglectfully waste taxpayers’ money, but they despair at seeing a Conservative Government do exactly that with this project.’

Commenting further on the announcement, Andrew said ‘There are few positives in this announcement by HS2 other than the blight being removed from communities in Appleby, Packington and to the East of Measham. Clearly there were many faults with the route change that HS2 came up with last year, which I pointed out to them in subsequent discussions. The only saving grace from the route announced this week is that two important employment hubs at Plastic Omnium and the Hilton Hotel north of East Midlands Airport do not now appear to be at risk of closure which was the case on the original 2013 route’

Andrew continued ‘HS2 continues to be bad news for Measham however and has put the Ashby Canal project and linked regeneration at considerable risk. We will have enormous traffic disruption with work having to be carried out on the A42 and many homes and businesses face years of blight. I do not believe this £56 billion project to represent value for money and believe those costs will increase sharply. The public do not support this scheme and I will continue to campaign against this White Elephant.’

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