Rail line campaigners accuse government of ‘conning the taxpayer’

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Campaigners opposing the HS2 high-speed rail project have accused the Government of trying to “con the taxpayer” after its total estimated cost was put at £42.65 billion.

Written answers in the House of Commons have said the final cost is £9 billion more than first estimated. The Stop HS2 campaigners say is because the Government has not included the cost of the trains. Rail minister Simon Burns said the costs for 2013-14 and 2014-15 would be £367 million and £443 million. The estimated cost for trains is £8.15 billion.

HS2 is due to go through the villages of Boddington, Chipping Warden and Aston le Walls if the proposed link is built.

Stop HS2 spokesmanJoe Rukin said: “It’s been totally disingenuous that the Government has been quoting a £33 billion cost for HS2, while neglecting to mention that trains are an extra. They have been trying to con the taxpayer from start to finish.”