13 September 2021
Andrew Bridgen highlights delays and escalating costs of HS2

Andrew Bridgen highlights documents from whistleblowers in HS2 and the Department for Transport that show phase 1 is unlikely to open for passengers before 2041 and that the whole project will cost £160 billion.

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

I wonder whether the hon. Gentleman received the 85 megabytes of documentation from whistleblowers within HS2 and the Department for Transport, which indicated that phase 1 is now unlikely to be open for passengers before 2041 and that the whole project is going to be £160 billion in today’s money. Phase 1 is already £70 billion, and the enabling works are running massively over budget. They are being suppressed, and that is going to be thrown into the main budget at the end.

Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (Slough) (Lab)

I thank the hon. Gentleman, who has supported the point that I have made thus far and will continue to make in my speech—namely, that the Government do not have a grip on the project. It is right that the opinions of whistleblowers and others in our communities are taken into account, because we cannot have ballooning costs and we must ensure that the project is delivered in full but also within budget.