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.”