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Mayor: "HS2 brings no benefit to Princes Risborough"

Mayor: "HS2 brings no benefit to Princes Risborough"

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 1:14pm 19th August 2013. (Updated at 9:08am 20th August 2013)

The Mayor, Alan Turner has said that the construction work could damage the town's economy.

It comes as The Institute of Economic Affairs publish a report warning the project will cost twice as much as government estimates at £80m.

Commenting on the figures, Mayor Turner told Mix96, "I challenge anybody to think of a major national strategic project where they start off quoting one figure but by the end of it it hasn't at least double or in some cases, trebled - it seems to be the norm".

Construction vehicles are set to pass through the small town and the Mayor believes when it's all finished - the people living there won't benefit from the plans.

"The whole scheme is just ludicrous[...], there's no benefit to any of the communities that live along the line - whether that be in Princes Risborough or up in Northants."

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