Andrew Bridgen MP comes out against HS2

Ahead of the announcement on the route for the HS2 extension to Manchester and Leeds, Andrew Bridgen MP for North West Leicestershire has come out against the project.

In registering his opposition to the scheme, Andrew has considered the cost of the scheme, the business case and impact on the communities affected by the route.

Andrew said ‘HS2 represents an unprecedented cost that the taxpayers of North West Leicestershire will be required to contribute to. HS2 Ltd 's own estimates indicate a total cost of construction of the new network of £33 billion plus a further £8 billion for rolling stock (2009 prices). These amounts arguably represent an unprecedented commitment from a UK Government in peacetime.

These costs equate to a contribution of over £51 million from every UK parliamentary constituency including North West Leicestershire. Put another way, Leicestershire as a whole will be contributing over £400 million to a scheme from which I believe it will receive little benefit. I would much prefer that money to be spent on local infrastructure.

I also have concerns that rather than rebalance the economy away from London and the South East, the scheme will simply draw more investment and money into the South East and away from the regions. An example of this is Thanet in Kent which remains one of the most depressed areas in England; although it is served by direct High Speed One services to London.’

Leader of Leicestershire County Council Nick Rushton is also supporting Andrew commenting ‘"I cannot and will not support any scheme (HS2) that could decimate and blight large tracts of our beautiful county".

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Andrew holds regular surgeries throughout the constituency.

Forthcoming surgery dates

Friday 4th October 2019 - Coalville
Marlene Reid Centre, 85 Belvoir Road, Coalville, Leics LE67 3PH
Friday 1st November 2019 - Swannington
Swannington Village Hall, Main Street,
Swannington, Leics LE67 8QL
Friday 6th December 2019 - Ashby
Ashby de la Zouch Town Council, Legion House,
South Street, Ashby, Leics LE65 1BQ

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