Transport Select Committee HS2 report: problems with HS2 confirmed

8 November 2011

Parliament's Transport Select Committee has reported today on its evidence-gathering around the Government's proposals for the high speed HS2 rail line. The Select Committee, while supporting the principle of HS2, has confirmed many of the problems campaigners have feared.

Solihull Green Party Councillor Karl Macnaughton, who represents Chelmsley Wood, an area set to be heavily affected by HS2 has expressed his disappointment that MPs have supported the proposals despite highlighting a long list of problems including highlighting the robustness of the economic case as "disappointing".

The Select Committee report also claimed that the carbon-reduction benefits do not stand up to scrutiny and that they recognise the large impact on communities, calling on the Government not to use the word "nimby" in describing opponents to HS2.

Commenting on the BBC Daily Politics Show at lunchtime today, Lord Digby Jones said "Birmingham will become the most northern suburb of London"

Green Party Councillor, Karl Macnaughton, said "The Transport Select Committee's report provides only lukewarm support for HS2. They question the proposed economic benefits, have picked holes in the business case and have said the environmental benefits are unqualified.

The Green Party remains opposed to HS2. The Select Committee's report only confirms our fears and the benefits are yet to be articulated. Solihull will still suffer more than it will gain and noone wants our Borough to be a northern suburb of London".

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