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Green Party accuses government of attempting to bulldoze HS2 plans through

The Green Party has accused the government of bypassing the democratic process by putting HS2 contracts out to tender before the controversial scheme receives final approval.

Stop HS2 protesters in Lichfield

Stop HS2 protesters in Lichfield

The high speed rail project – which will cut through parts of Lichfield and the surrounding villages – is still to be fully debated in the House of Commons.

HS2 is not likely to be given the final go-ahead until mid-2016.

Baroness Jenny Jones

Baroness Jenny Jones

But the Green Party’s Baroness Jenny Jones wants the buffers put on a tendering process with immediate effect.

“Parliament hasn’t approved HS2 yet, so why have rail contracts been put to tender?” she said. “While the finer details are still being discussed, it’s simply immoral that the government should ignore the parliamentary process in its attempt to bulldoze through its plans.

“I’m calling on the government to immediately halt all HS2 tendering and return to normal democratic procedures by letting parliament rigorously examine and debate high-speed rail proposals.”

The Financial Times reported that contracts worth £7billion were set to be put up for grabs.

Stop HS2 campaign manager Joe Rukin said the move was an attempt to ensure the country cannot afford to derail the scheme.

“They’ve already used the best part of £1billion – and there’s over a £1billion out for tender,” he said. “Now we learn they will start bids on contracts worth another £7billion next month, all before the HS2 plans get passed by parliament.

“What is happening here is clear. It doesn’t matter how bad the case for HS2 is, how terribly the project is being managed, or where the real cost now is. This Government wants HS2, and as such they will blow as much money as possible to make it seem like a waste not to go ahead.

“This is typical of dogmatic politicians, but really, now the money being talked about is silly.

“If the £7billion of tenders is really just for tunnels and viaducts on Phase 1, it just shows the project is over-budget, yet again.”

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1 Comment

  1. johnjefkins

    12th August, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    But MPs DID indeed vote to allow this to happen – in April 2014 when there was a TEN to 1 majority in favour of these 2 extra tracks being built.

    The planning process now allows petitions to be heard about the DETAILs.

    But the PRINCIPAL was decided – and democratic votes were also taken to give permission for design work and enabling work (like this) to proceed.

    The democratic process has ALREADY DECIDED that this scheme will go ahead.