HS2 residents will face ‘devastating impact for 17 years’, Commons told

Construction work on a long-awaited high-speed rail project will cast a shadow over the lives of some residents for 17 years, a Labour frontbencher has said.

Sir Keir Starmer (Holborn and St Pancras) said the HS2 rail project would have a “devastating impact” on thousands of people living near the site, citing concerns that construction lorries and increased traffic would wreak havoc on the roads.

Read on… http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/hs2-residents-will-face-devastating-impact-for-17-years-commons-told-1-8399975

Environmentalists and libertarians unite in HS2 criticism

Environmentalists Friends of the Earth joined the libertarian group Taxpayers’ Alliance in a late bid to derail HS2.

The two groups are normally at odds on policy, but both agree that the rail project is a bad use of public money, and likely to over-run its budget.

The projected price for HS2 is £56bn, but the Taxpayers’ Alliance speculates that the final cost could reach £90bn.

The government says the line is needed to increase network capacity – and insists it will be built on budget.

Read on… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39023621

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