Daventry MP slams HS2 plans

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THE MP for Daventry has slammed the plans for HS2.

The high speed rail network between London and Birmingham has been criticised by Chris Heaton-Harris.

He stated: “The HS2 business model is from Field of Dreams. If you build it, they will come.” Heaton-Harris also pointed out that the Department of Transport has knowingly used out of date models for forecasting passengers because they make the business case work better.

The comments were held at the Public Affairs Committee yesterday (Monday).

The development of HS2, if it goes ahead, will go through the villages of Boddington, Chipping Warden and Aston le Walls.

Stop HS2 Campaign Manager Joe Rukin said:“The Public Accounts Committee have torn HS2 apart yet again. Like the National Audit Office and Major Projects Authority, this body is set up specifically to stop taxpayers money being wasted and have severe concerns that the whole case for HS2 has been made up. “They don’t have little quibbles or minor doubts, they have trashed the fundamentals which have been made up to support this project. They must be listened to, and this project must be stopped, it’s a train crash waiting to happen.”

“It’s great that is a group of MPs who haven’t swallowed the pro-HS2 spin in the Westminster village. There are serious concerns, and it’s clear that with the majority of MPs supporting HS2, they don’t care that there are serious problems with a case that has been fabricated by firms who will make money out of building it, or that their support for HS2 shows they are out of touch with reality and the general public.

“The case for HS2 might come from ‘Field of Dreams’ the whole think is a complete nightmare.”

Penny Gaines, Chair of Stop HS2 said: “It was very clear that HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport were completely unable to answer the many serious questions about the case for HS2 that the Public Accounts Committee put to them.

“These range from the overall cost estimates for HS2 to specifics about the business case.

“Every time HS2 owned up to any kind of mistake, they acted like naughty school kids desperate to pin the blame on consultants, without seeming to realise that they are responsible for the management of the project to date.

“It is hard to imagine them being able to buy a train ticket let alone attempt to build a railway line. It’s time to put the HS2 management team out of their misery and cancel the HS2 project as soon as possible.

“The more people look closely at HS2, the more they realise the flaws in the proposal.

“Both the Public Accounts Committee and the National Audit Office are questioning the sums produced by HS2 Ltd and the rationale for building it by the Department for Transport.

“With the headline cost of HS2 now at £50 billion, it should have the soundest case possible for building it. France has just thrown the brakes on their high speed rail programme. The government should stop this runaway train before it costs the country any more money.”