Arch rivals for Milton Keynes MP seat are in lockstep over HS2

Image issued by HS2 of the Birmingham and Fazeley viaduct, part of the new proposed route for the HS2 high speed rail scheme as the HS2 high-speed rail project has an estimated �3.3 billion funding gap which the Government has yet to decide how to fill: HS2/PA Wire
Image issued by HS2 of the Birmingham and Fazeley viaduct, part of the new proposed route for the HS2 high speed rail scheme as the HS2 high-speed rail project has an estimated �3.3 billion funding gap which the Government has yet to decide how to fill: HS2/PA Wire

Two men who face a winner-takes-it-all parliamentary battle in Milton Keynes are in agreement over supporting a controversial high speed train project.

A report published today (Wednesday) by accountancy and business advisor KPMG says High Speed 2 (HS2), which is set to slice through Buckinghamshire, could mean up to 26 extra trains stop every day in Milton Keynes.

Milton Keynes South MP Iain Stewart said: “I think the KPMG report is a helpful contribution to the debate. It is right to point out that a benefit from HS2 is freeing-up more space on the West Coast Line to provide more commuter trains and stopping inter-city ones.

“Many trains are already packed and a growing population will increase pressure. Without HS2, there is a real danger that stations like MK Central will see services restricted to make room for express inter-city services that do not stop.”

Mr Stewart’s arch rival for the Milton Keynes South seat, Labour & Co-operative Parliamentary Candidate Andrew Pakes said: “The KPMG report makes an important point about the economic benefits that High-Speed 2 will bring to the UK, including Milton Keynes.

“Despite the £9 billion upgrade to the West Coast Mainline and planned works for next year, capacity remains a real problem. The only credible way to free up space for more commuter services is if we provide additional room for growth through a new high speed line.

“The government must now redouble their efforts to make the new north-south rail line a reality and ensure it remains on budget and on track.”