Anne Main questions best use of public spending on the rails
By debbigg | Sunday, October 16, 2011, 10:16
Anne Main has questioned the best use of public spending on the rails in The House of Commons at a well-attended debate on the proposal for High Speed 2 (HS2), exploring high speed rail travel between London and Scotland.
Anne Main joined in the debate on the £32billion HS2 debate.
The initial proposal for HS2 is for a London to the West Midlands fast line, with feasibility studies extending to northern England and Scotland. The proposed route for the line passes through Buckinghamshire to the west of us, here in St Albans.
The St Albans MP joined in with fellow politicians as they debated the pros and cons of the £32billion proposal passing through their constituencies, last Thursday, 13th October 2011. Along with others, Anne called for consideration of how the money could instead be used to improve the rail infrastructure and services for their constituents.
In the debate, Anne Main said: "I completely concur with the hon. Gentleman. The same train line goes through our constituencies. I also agree with my hon. Friend the Member for South Northamptonshire (Andrea Leadsom) that we should be looking at many other areas in which to invest. We could move many more passengers around the country. The hon. Gentleman is making a perfect argument for looking at this matter again."
On leaving the Chamber Anne went on to say: "I believe that there were powerful arguments raised casting questions on the wisdom of HS2; many raised by my fellow Hertfordshire MPs. Could we spend the £32 Billion that this scheme is costing on a better plan; for example improving existing lines. I think it is very interesting and important to discuss the business sense behind this scheme, as well as the environmental concerns that have been raised regarding it. Other uses of this funding may be better for getting people on public transport and I am glad that all these options will be considered by the Select Committee."