PLANS for a high speed railway, progressed by MPs last week will not ‘solve the problems it is designed to fix’, said Stafford’s MP Jeremy Lefroy.
Mr Lefroy, who told the Newsletter he voted against last weeks HS2 ‘paving bill’ – passed by an overwhelmingly majority in the House of Commons.
“The proposals for HS2 are backed up by a poor business case, which would lead to billions of pounds of tax payers money being spent on a project that would not, I believe, solve the problems it is designed to fix,” said Mr Lefroy.
“In addition, the proposed line would cut straight through Staffordshire villages and countryside, with little attempt made to mitigate its effects,” he said. “It was therefore on both national and constituency grounds that I voted no and will continue to do so.
“However, given the large majority in favour of HS2 last week, it is vital that we continue to make the strongest case for full and fair compensation for those affected and for the best possible mitigation of the effects.
“That is why I have organised, with Parish Councils, special drop in sessions, so that my constituents have the fullest information with which to reply to the current consultation on the compensation scheme and the preferred route through Staffordshire.”
Mr Lefroy said he had made it clear, since even before the announcement of the HS2 Phase 2 proposals that action needed to be taken to improve the capacity of the existing railway system.
“I believe that this could be done by making alterations to the existing network, for instance, I supported the building of the Stafford bypass, which was proposed a few years ago,” he said.