MP Iain gives his backing to HS2 after Government approve high speed line

Iain Stewart
Iain Stewart

A CITY MP who sits on the Government’s transport committee has welcomed the decision to press ahead with a high speed rail scheme.

Plans for the £32billion High Speed Two (HS2) line, which will run between London and Birmingham, were backed by transport secretary Justine Greening on Tuesday morning.

And Milton Keynes South MP Iain Stewart later issued a statement outlining his support to the scheme.

Trains on the line will run at up to 225mph and the journey from London to Birmingham will be reduced to 49 minutes. It is hoped pressure on the existing Milton Keynes to London West Coast route will be reduced as a result.

But opponents in areas where the line will be built believe it will have a huge environmental impact.

Mr Stewart said: In principle I support the creation of a high speed rail network in this country to address the long term capacity issues on our railways and bring our major cities closer together.

“However, as the Select Committee report which I helped to write makes clear, for HS2 to be successful it must be properly integrated to the rest of the transport system, environmental concerns must be addressed and it must not be at the expense of investment in the classic rail network.

“Locally, Milton Keynes rail users have potentially much to gain from HS2. By taking non-stop services off the West Coast line, more space will be created for additional commuter services and stopping intercity trains.

“In conclusion, my support for HS2 is in principle only. The detail must be correct and I shall be working hard to ensure it is.”