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Local Liberal Democrats still trying to stop HS2

September 21, 2020 4:31 PM

No HS2

Chiltern Liberal Democrats have submitted a motion on HS2 to the party's national conference.

The conference is taking place online this weekend (September 25-27).

Local party chairman Walid Marzouk said "so much has changed since the original decision to build HS2.

"The cost has spiralled, up from an initial £47bililion to over £100billion. The business case gets worse and worse, and thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic railway passenger numbers have fallen off a cliff. The argument that we need HS2 for capacity purposes no longer applies

"It's an old line that 'when the facts change, so does my opinion'. It's not too late for the country to change course and spend hundreds of billions of pounds more sensibly"

Chiltern Liberal Democrats recently conducted a survey of opinion within the local communities. HS2 was still one of the most important things for local residents, the survey showed. The decision to put forward a motion to conference was taken as a result of that survey.

The text of the motion is as below in italics. Sadly it is not likely to be debated as there is only a limited time at the conference for emergency motions submitted after the usual deadline.

Conference notes that

  1. The estimated cost of building and running HS2 is now reckoned to be over £100bn
  2. Following the Covid-19 pandemic, use of public transport has declined dramatically
  3. Similarly, working from home has become part of the 'new normal'

Conference considers that

i) The costs of building and running HS2 now outweigh the likely revenues and wider economic benefits

ii) The UK would be better spending the money on the Green Recovery from the pandemic and improving existing railway infrastructure, e specially in the north of England

And conference therefore calls upon the government to stop work on HS2 with immediate effect.