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.
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.