Exactly two years ago today, Lord Adonis, the then Labour Transport minister, announced his Government’s intention to build HS2. The following is Newsnight footage from the day of the announcement.
The UK government’s first plans for high-speed rail (HS2) are revealed in March 2010, two months before the general election during Labour’s final few weeks in office. Michael Crick visits Wendover, Buckinghamshire, in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and reveals to residents that a 250 mph railway line is planned to go right through the village. Most residents have not been informed and hear about this first from BBC Newsnight. Report is followed by a studio discussion with Kirsty Wark interviewing the unelected Labour Transport Secretary, Lord Adonis with Theresa Villiers (Conservative Shadow Transport Secretary) and Norman Baker (Lib Dem, Transport).