Wednesday, 27 February 2013

HS2 - An update

The Government's plans for HS2 are a major cause of concern to residents of North West Leicestershire.

Outline proposals will have a major effect on many homes and businesses throughout the district.

If HS2 goes ahead job growth will be put in jeopardy not only with existing employers but also the potential loss of around 6,000 new jobs at a proposed Strategic Rail Freight Interchange to the east of Castle Donington.

Whilst we are waiting, potentially for many years, for construction to start we are facing a period of planning blight which will have a massively negative impact throughout the area.

Last night, at full council, I was pleased to table a Labour amendment to a Conservative motion calling for HS2 to be rerouted away from North West Leicestershire and towards the A38 corridor, providing for a city centre stop in Derby.

I am delighted that both my amendment and the resulting substantive motion gained support from all sides of the council chamber.

It's very clear that whilst we may not agree on many things all political parties are unified on the view that HS2 will be bad for our district.

Labour will tirelessly work alongside our opponents to make sure we win the fight to re-route.

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