Bercow blasts HS2 environment study

John Bercow at the Bucks Herald
John Bercow at the Bucks Herald

Buckingham’s MP said HS2 “fails to meet the test of serving the public interest” in his response to a draft paper on the environmental impact of the £50billion scheme.

In his response to the HS2 Draft Environmental Statement, John Bercow urged the Government to drop the project altogether.

He said: “The Draft Environmental Statement fails to assuage any of my concerns and does not change my vociferous opposition to this monstrous project.

“By every yardstick, the HS2 plan fails to meet the test of serving the public interest. The cost to the public purse, already obscenely large, is rising exponentially and in an era of austerity it seems extraordinary even to countenance such an outlay.

“The mitigations proposed thus far have been very limited and I share the assessment of my constituents that HS2 has not even begun to reckon with the scale of what is required to alleviate the detrimental impact on the area which I represent.”

The document will be developed as the formal Environmental Statement for Phase One of HS2.