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Lichfield MP says it is not too late to scrap HS2

Lichfield’s MP has told the Government it isn’t too late to scrap plans for HS2.

An artist's impression of HS2
An artist’s impression of HS2

The controversial high speed rail line will cut through swathes of the country, including parts of Lichfield and the surrounding countryside.

But with the project expected to come in well over budget, Conservative MP Michael Fabricant has called for a rethink.

In an article for the Daily Telegraph, he said: “Several Tory leadership contenders have already said they would knife the project if they were Prime Minister.

Michael Fabricant
Michael Fabricant

“And a further blow to this costly juggernaut came in a damning report from the House of Lords Economics Affairs Committee questioning not only the overall costs of HS2, which could exceed £100 billion, but its very raison d‘être.

“When HS2 was first mooted, speed was of the essence. It is now being justified on the more realistic grounds of increasing north-south rail capacity.

“The present pinch point is between London and Rugby. Two extra lines running parallel to the existing West Coast Main Line would ease that. Extra land would have to be acquired and new tunnels bored, but this would cost less than £10 billion, a tenth of the likely cost of HS2.”

Mr Fabricant added that the fact work and spending on the project has already begun should not cloud the judgement of those deciding the future of HS2.

“Some £6 billion has already been spent on HS2 – much of it on the provision of two new platforms and lines at London Euston,” he said. “If HS2 in its present form were abandoned, this would not be money wasted.

“The railway station is already working at full capacity and in any event, those new platforms are badly needed.

“But regardless of the financial cost, HS2 has been a seriously flawed project right from the start.”

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  1. John Griffin

    18th May, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Second time ever I agree with Fabbo. The lunacy of HS2 must end.

  2. Iain Davidson

    18th May, 2019 at 11:29 am

    I was against hs2 but now believe that we need it.

  3. Gillian Stone

    18th May, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Oh he does make me laugh! He’s blowing with the wind again……but in the right direction this time.

  4. Chris

    18th May, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    He makes good arguments. They could all be applied to Brexit too. “regardless of the financial cost, Brexit has been a seriously flawed project right from the start”

  5. Hugh Ashton

    18th May, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    I actually find myself agreeing with him.

  6. Michael Fabricant

    19th May, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    It is worth reading the full article and all of the arguments only some of which, due to space, could be summarised in this Lichfield Live report. We do need to relieve congestion on the west coast main line and my Telegraph article explains alternative ways forward. You can read it here (beyond The Telegraph paywall):

  7. Burntwood Bloke

    19th May, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Let me see here. Considering Mr F’s track record of changing his mind, if HS2 had put a stop at Lichfield TV he’d definitely support it. His constituents, those living in million pound-plus houses next to the existing West Coast Mainline, would be too hard to ignore if there was a direct HS2 Lichfield.

    Fact is, he’s only against it because it goes to Brum

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