Campaigners welcome Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to question impact of HS2 spending

HS2 campaigners have described Jeremy Corbyn as a “breath of fresh air” after the Labour leader questioned whether high speed rail would lead to cuts in investment elsewhere on the network.

Stop HS2 protesters in Lichfield

Stop HS2 protesters in Lichfield

The controversial scheme will cut through parts of Lichfield and the surrounding villages.

But Mr Corbyn has questioned whether other rail improvement work would be hit due to spending on HS2.

His decision to raise the issue has been welcomed by Joe Rukin from campaign group Stop HS2.

“It’s a breath of fresh air to have a party leader who is actually trying to assess what the real-world implications of HS2 would be, opposed to simply swallowing the spin put forward by proponents,” he said.

“It has been clear since the outset that spending such a vast amount of money on HS2 would only mean other, more deserving projects will be squeezed out, and even the Department for Transport have admitted that HS2 could suck up all the rail investment money.

“With the costs of HS2 set to spiral when they are finally worked out on current prices, there is no way other projects can be guaranteed.

“We welcome the fact Mr Corbyn is seriously looking at the implications of HS2, and remind him that if he finds the project to be deficient, it can be stopped when the bill comes back for third reading.”

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