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Bucks MP calls again for HS2 to be scrapped

Cheryl Gillan

Published by Dan Gooding at 8:51am 11th January 2019.

A Buckinghamshire MP has again called for HS2 to be scrapped.

MP for Chesham & Amersham, Cheryl Gillan, made the call at the first session of Prime Minister's Question Time in 2019, on Wednesday 9 January.

Dame Cheryl said:

"The travelling public want greater investment to repair our roads and upgrade our existing railway services.

"Yet we are wasting billions on a deeply unpopular project where the management and the costs are out of control and will end up with an invoice for the taxpayer of more than £100 billion £300 million per mile of track.

"When are we going to cancel HS2 and spend this money on the people's priorities for transport rather than on this vanity project which will never deliver value for money?"

The Prime Minister, Rt Hon Theresa May MP, said that the government recognises the public's concerns about transport and this includes more funding from the Chancellor of the Exchequer for repairing potholes amongst other things.

But the Prime Minister said that the HS2 project is not just about high speed rail provision, but about addressing capacity on the West Coast Main Line.

Mrs May said that HS2 is "spreading prosperity" with 7000 jobs and 2000 businesses being created and tens of billions of pounds of benefits for local communities.

Dame Cheryl will be tabling more Questions as she remains of the opinion that this railway is not a priority at this time.

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