County nails its colours to the mast over HS2 bid

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OXFORDSHIRE County Council has joined an alliance of local authorities pledging to oppose the Government’s controversial high-speed rail plans.

A total of 16 local authorities including Cherwell District Council and Bucks County Council have joined the 51m group – so-called because members believe the £32billion HS2 plan will cost every parliamentary constituency £51million.

Cllr Rodney Rose, Oxfordshire County councillor for transport, said: “Although the proposed route only clips the northern extremity of Oxfordshire at Finmere it is still legitimate for the county council to have a view on this proposal.

“Oxfordshire County Council is not opposed on environmental grounds – however we are deeply concerned about the business case for HS2.”