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Aylesbury's MP writes to transport secretary on HS2

Rob Butler has asked Grant Shapps to come through on his promise.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:48am 19th December 2019. 2-minute read.

Aylesbury's MP writes to transport secretary on HS2

Aylesbury's new MP has requested a meeting with the Transport Secretary, to talk more about HS2.

Rob Butler has told Grant Shapps that the project is the 'number one' issue here and that he doesn't think there's a good enough case for the rail line.

He's now waiting on Mr. Shapps to give a date for them to meet with a group of constituents.

On Friday, Mr. Butler promised to fight the project.

His letter is below:

"Dear Grant,

Firstly, many congratulations on your re-election.

Thank you for taking the time to visit Stoke Mandeville in my constituency during the campaign. I was grateful for your reassurance that the Department had not received the Oakervee Review, and therefore that you had made no decision on the future of HS2.

As we discussed, HS2 is the number one local issue in my constituency. It was constantly raised on the doorstep as a major point of concern and anxiety. Neither my constituents nor I believe there is a credible economic or environmental case for HS2. In addition, if it were to proceed the impact of construction would have a severely detrimental impact on aspects of the local economy and countryside.

My constituents want to seize the opportunity afforded by the Oakervee Review to ensure that their voices are heard by the Department for Transport. I was therefore very pleased that you agreed to meet me again, along with a group of constituents, after the General Election. I would be very grateful if we could arrange to do so as soon as your diary permits.

Yours ever,

Rob Butler MP
Member of Parliament for Aylesbury"


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