Stop HS2 has received this letter, which has been sent to Jeremy Corbyn from Barry Gibbs;
First, congratulations on your party’s performance in the recent General Election; hopefully with one more push we will witness the return of a Labour government in the not-too-distant future.
Secondly, I want to comment on the inclusion of the HS2 Bill in the Queen’s Speech this week. As the son of a railwayman, I am a passionate advocate for rail travel, but I am vehemently opposed to this vainglorious scheme which, as you know, would cost the tax-paying public a huge amount of money which could be used to assist in your aim of ending austerity and improving essential public services. Whilst your party has in the past voted in favour of HS2, I believe that your own position in this regard is at least ambivalent and, now that we have a new parliament, I would urge you to reconsider Labour’s position. This is a project which would produce at best only marginal benefits for a privileged few, would cause enormous disruption in its construction and the costs of which are likely to continue to escalate.
As regards the wider issue of rail investment, I am of course wholly supportive of the expansion of the network and would applaud your ambition to bring the railways back into public ownership.