Bridgen urges HS2 bosses to meet with concerned residents
AN MP has called on Prime Minister David Cameron to urge representatives from the company responsible for delivering the High Speed 2 rail project to meet with residents in his constituency who will be affected by its proposed route.
Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire, has asked Mr Cameron for assurances that HS2 Ltd will meet with residents.
Earlier this year, the Department for Transport released details of the line between Birmingham and Leeds, which will pass through parts of Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
Part of the route will cut through north west Leicestershire, passing under East Midlands Airport and across land which has been earmarked for a large warehouse development.
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Mr Bridgen said he had been contacted by hundreds of constituents about the project.
During Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, he asked: “The widely disputed economic benefits of HS2 may or may not be realised in 20 years’ time.
“However, the blight, fear and anxiety the project generates hit my constituency on January 28 with the announcement of the extended route.
“I now have constituents who cannot sell their houses, businesses uncertain about their future and the potential loss of a £500m private sector investment set to generate 7,000 jobs in 2016.
“Can my Right Honourable Friend ensure that representatives of HS2 visit my constituency to address the real concerns of my constituents about this project?”
Mr Cameron said: “I am very happy to make sure that what my Honourable Friend asks for happens. I quite understand that the launch of a project such as HS2 causes a lot of local concern and unease.
“That is why we are putting in place such a large national consultation and will put in place a very generous compensation scheme.”
Mr Bridgen said “This project is turning many people’s lives upside down and it is only fair that those who are managing the project hear the views of my concerned constituents.
“I still believe HS2 is flawed in terms of cost and economic benefit and will continue to campaign against the scheme.”