Debate to be held on HS2 line

AN MP fighting the HS2 rail line, which would cut through villages including the Boddingtons and Aston le Walls, has secured a debate in Parliament on the controversial topic.

South Northamts MP Andrea Leadsom has been granted the debate by the backbench Business Committee and it will take place on October 13.

The consultation on HS2, a proposed £32 billion high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham, has now closed and the Government will be presenting their findings by the end of the year.

Mrs Leadsom said: “I am delighted that, with support from many colleagues across all parties, we have managed to secure this debate.

“It is extremely important that a project of such national significance is debated and scrutinised closely.

“I will be arguing that, while agreeing with the urgent need to improve our rail capacity, HS2 is not the right choice.

“The project will be at best carbon-neutral and I do not believe that this project will achieve the regeneration of northern cities and towns that is predicted.”

A public consultation attracted around 50,000 responses which the Transport Select Committee is now sifting through.