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11/05/2013
HS2 Project is already over budget


HS2 campaigners: Project is already over budget

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LEGISLATION that will provide HS2 with additional funding is an acknowledgement the scheme is already over budget, campaigners have claimed.

More money will become available for the controversial project after it was confirmed at the state opening of Parliament this week HS2 will become subject to a Paving Bill.

Opponents have consistently campaigned against the high cost of the scheme and highlighted what they feel is a flawed business case.

Penny Gaines, chairman of the Stop HS2 campaign group, said: "The Paving Bill is an acknowledgement from the Department for Transport that HS2 is over budget already, before they've even finished drawing up the plans.

"It's clear that HS2 Ltd have been overambitious and reckless with taxpayer's money."

Hilary Wharf, director of the Amersham-based HS2 Action Alliance, added: "At a time when all other government departments are being told to scrutinise their spending and make cuts, the DfT will be given more money for a massively wasteful project. 

"It flies in the face of common sense to keep throwing money at a project with a flawed business case, which is environmentally destructive and won’t be built for decades - if ever. 

"At what point will MPs wake up to what they could do for the country, including the north, with a £34billion plus pot of gold?" 

During her speech at the state opening of Parliament the Queen said the project would "provide further opportunities for economic growth in many of Britain's cities".

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