HS2 protesters say bill will cost billions more

Campaigners fighting the multi-billion pound controversial high speed rail line have claimed that the cost of the project will keep going up.

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Their fears were raised just days after it was revealed that an extra £10 billion will be pumped into the scheme, taking the total cost up to £43bn.

Around 700 protesters attended an anti-HS2 convention at the Staffordshire County Showground on Saturday.

At the event, Joe Rukin, who is the campaign manager for the Stop HS2 group, said the spiralling cost of HS2 was worrying.

He said: “This is going to keep going up and the benefits will keep going down. This project is doomed to fail.”

Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy said that despite the three main political parties voting in favour of a ‘paving’ bill on Wednesday, which will allow the Department for Transport to start preparation work on HS2, people in Staffordshire should not give up hope yet.

Speaking to the crowds, Mr Lefroy, who rebelled against the paving bill vote, said: “This is not just one campaign.

“This is several campaigns. A campaign to stop the ultra high speed line, one for mitigation and the compensation side of things.

“This is not nimbyism. Staffordshire is proud to be part of the national transport infrastructure.

“It’s very important to us but HS2 is unnecessary.”

Meanwhile compensation campaigner, businessmen Trevor Forrester, drummed home the importance of people fighting for compensation.

He added: “You can have your trains but let’s get the compensation right.”

Mr Forrester is spearheading the fight which could see 100,000 households unite in taking HS2 Ltd, its directors, and the Government to the High Court over the high speed rail scheme.

Jim Prinold wore a ‘Marston Against HS2’ T-shirt to the event. The 70-year-old lives at Sunny Hill Farm in Marston with his wife Mary, aged 68.

Initial proposals show the second phase of HS2, which will fork north to Leeds and Manchester, cuts through their land and buildings.

It means the family business of farming for the past 20 years would be destroyed.

Mr Prinold said: “My property is within 100 metres of this train line. We’ve spent our lives doing the farm up. I just don’t want this high speed line. We’ll continue fighting on.”

Also at the event were campaign groups Stop HS2, AGAHST, HS2AA and 51m, and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, the Woodland Trust and Stone MP Bill Cash.

Comments for: "HS2 protesters say bill will cost billions more"

dimwit

nimbys

Nelli

Dimwit

Your name sums you up

Roger Broadbent

Nimbys just want to move the route into your back yard. The Convention Policy is to have it in nobodies backyard or evenin this country.HS2 a bad project for this country. May I suggest that you follow the business of the Public Accounts Select Committee under the Chairmanship of Margaret Hodge to enlighten you ?

How?

How is this being a nimby? These people are fighting to ensure money is not wasted in an already suffering country, if they were nimbys they would be saying move it but Mr Prinold and others have said on a large number of times that he wants it stopped and not moved!! Do you want to pay a fortune for a train that you can only get on in a few places or afford food from this country that hasn't been flown for miles.

The Voice of Reason

Here we go again, giving the NIMBYs airtime.

Apparently a Nimby

£50 billion cost, 350 miles of track, 30 million taxpayers.

If you're happy for the government to spend £1,700 of your hard earned money on three quarters of an inch of track, you are an idiot.

Non train traveller

I'm on the fence with this...it's nice to be in the 21 century with some of our transport network, but is the time saved on travelling worth the devastation to what little bit of countryside we have left....

nikki

I do not live anywhere near the proposed route but this country is not big enough for high speed route. The money should go towards updating the existing rail and updating the roads

gb

the money should go to a workable n h s

Ewen

I cannot for the life of me understand people like Dimwit. Those opposed to HS2 have never taken a NIMBY stance. We have taken a "NIAOBY" stance - not in anyone's backyard. Dimwit is probably not affected. But does he not realise that this testosterone fuelled vanity project will cost him and all the members of his family at least £2500 pa in debt and interest on that debt. Live in the real world, !!