11 February 2020
Andrew Bridgen condemns HS2 decision

Andrew Bridgen condemns HS2 as “unloved and unwanted” and “grossly mismanaged” and asks the Prime Minister if going ahead sets a low bar for the delivery of infrastructure projects on time and on budget. 

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

HS2 is unloved and unwanted, and has been grossly mismanaged. It very adversely affects my constituents. Does the Prime Minister appreciate my and my constituents’ concerns that this could well be an albatross around this Government’s and the country’s neck, and does it not set the bar very low for the delivery of infrastructure projects on time and on budget by all future Governments?

The Prime Minister

Every great infrastructure project is opposed by people at this stage. The M25 had 39 separate planning inquiries. The Treasury was against the M25, and, I seem to remember, delivering the Olympics, and it tried to get rid of Crossrail. Every single infrastructure project is opposed at these critical moments. We have got to have the guts and the foresight to drive it through.

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