Lichfield MP says HS2 vote result was ‘disappointing but inevitable’

The result of a House of Commons vote on HS2 was “disappointing but inevitable”, according to Lichfield’s MP.

The controversial high speed rail line moved a step closer after MPs voted for the project.

Michael Fabricant MP

Michael Fabricant MP

But Michael Fabricant said the agreement between parties was “an unholy alliance”.

He added: “The result was very disappointing, but inevitable.

“In the first vote, the Government won 452 to 50 and in the second vote, 452 to 41 with many Conservative abstentions.

“As I said in the Parliamentary debate, it is always unhealthy when the two main parties have to unite on a policy.

“Certainly, the Government knew that without Labour and Liberal Democrat support in an un-holy alliance, the HS2 legislation would fail in the House of Commons.”

The Lichfield MP had been vocal about his opposition to the scheme and says the focus must now turn on getting the best deal for people living along the line.

“The emphasis now shifts to how we can mitigate the effects of HS2,” he said. “I will continue to work with the HS2 Action Alliance and other local organisations and along with my constituents to try and ensure route changes with petitioners and better terms of compensation for those affected by HS2.

“This will be a long-running struggle.”

A graphic mock-up of the HS2 line

A graphic mock-up of the HS2 line

Mr Fabricant also spoke in the Commons about how the people in this area would face years of disruption.

He said: “What about constituents in Lichfield who are facing spoil heaps for five or six years, as all the soil from the tunnels in the constituency of Chesham and Amersham is transported up to Lichfield to support giant viaducts that we are going to have to endure?

“Where will that be stored? In Lichfield. There will be no compensation because the spoil dumps are being regarded as temporary only.

“Believe me, for someone who is 70 or 80 years old and living next to a temporary mountain, with dumper trucks running by every day, five or seven years can be a lifetime.

“There should be compensation, and I hope that the Hybrid Bill Committee will consider that.”

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