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Bucks MP votes against the second phase of HS2

Bucks MP votes against the second phase of HS2

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 8:08am 2nd February 2018.

A Buckinghamshire MP has voted against the next part of the HS2 project, north of Birmingham.

While the route through Buckinghamshire was covered in the Phase One plans, Dame Cheryl spoke at length on the rising cost of the project to the taxpayer, pointing out that:

"When it was first announced in 2013, the cost of the whole project was about £16 billion, and by 2015 those costs were updated to £55.7 billion."

She raised the destruction of irreplaceable ancient woodland.

"the Woodland Trust has estimated that on phase 2a and 2b it is losing 24 irreplaceable woods, and we shall still lose 63 ancient woods on phase 1 to start off with. I say to the House: once they have gone, they are lost forever."

Dame Cheryl further objected to 'corridor deals' by legal teams acting on behalf of the Government, objecting to the "intimidation and pressure from the QCs and the legal teams, hustling up to people in the corridor right before their petition is heard".

In her reply towards the end of the debate, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Nusrat Ghani MP, who is now the Minister dealing with HS2, responded unequivocally regarding ending corridor deals.

She stated:

"The right hon. Member for Chesham and Amersham spoke of her vast experience in dealing with HS2.

"It is really important that lessons are learned and that there is good communication, and we must certainly end corridor deals."

Further objecting to HS2's public engagement history, she highlighted that "we are still waiting for answers on various matters, such as the incident that took place in the Colne Valley", referencing the intimidation and abusive behavior of security guard towards protesters last November.

Closing her speech, Dame Cheryl said:

"It is with a heavy heart that once again I have to say that… if anyone does call a vote on Second Reading, I will be forced to walk through the Lobby against it."

At the subsequent vote, Dame Cheryl was one of 12 MPs to vote against the Bill, which passed with 295 MPs supporting it.

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