Wednesday, 27 March 2013

HS2 update

Councillors Leon Spence and Paul Bayliss
Today I and a delegation from the North West Leicestershire Labour Group met with Councillor Paul Bayliss, Leader of Derby City Council, to discuss the potential impact of HS2 on our respective areas.

The North West Leicestershire Labour Group, alongside the district's Conservative leadership,  have been clear that we are strongly against proposals to bisect the district through the construction of a high speed railway line, proposals which will jeopardise thousands of jobs, cause planning blight and  years of construction disruption with no discernible benefits.

At the same time Councillor Bayliss and his team are putting together a strong economic case for the benefits which HS2 could bring to Derby, a city with a rich engineering heritage.

I very much hope that the potential for rerouting HS2 in a direction with broad support and a viable business case is an option which the Government will seriously consider.

I am sure both of our groups look forward to working together to bring a desired aim to reality.

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