HS2 “incompetent & shambolic” – and won’t help the north

Leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett, is asked how to improve the northern economy. From Leaders Live (ITV), 26th November 2014.

North West London residents face years of serious disruption – all for the government’s white elephant vanity project. The local MP, Nick Hurd (Conservative) describes the organisation of HS2 Ltd as “incompetent and shambolic”. Tom Edwards reports from Ickenham for BBC London News, 25th November 2014.

No compensation for “like living next to a Berlin Wall”

Londoners whose homes or businesses which will be hit by noise and pollution during construction of HS2 are being short-changed in terms of compensation. They want a similar deal to those affected in rural areas where people up to 300m from the work will get additional money.

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The ‘Fair Deal for London’ Alliance has launched a government e-petition calling for fair compensation for the capital, with the aim of obtaining a debate in parliament on the subject.

If you wish to sign the petition, you can do so at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/71100.

Boris on HS2 – in 2012

In 2012, Boris Johnson visited Ruislip to see Stop HS2 campaigners there. The benefit cost ratio has gone done since then, so given that the business case was doubtful then, it has got even worse since.

Report from ITV London News, Wed 11th Jan 2012

Keep the country safe by scrapping HS2

John Baron MP secures a debate on defence spending and says the UK is making grave errors in cutting defence spending. Here he suggests where cuts should be made to allow the UK to be able to afford its essential defence requirements. House of Commons, 19th June 2014.

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