Will HS2 be good for Vale’s economy? Train workers’ union to debate track plan at Aylesbury’s Railway Club

Bucks Trades Council president Steve Bell
Bucks Trades Council president Steve Bell
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Members of the RMT union will give their views on the HS2 plans at a meeting in Aylesbury next week.

The trade union has been invited to speak at 7pm at the town’s Railway Club, by the Bucks trades council.

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers is Britain’s fastest growing trade union. It represents more than 80,000 members in sectors from rail to shipping, buses and road-freight haulage.

Steve Bell, president of the Bucks trades council, said: “HS2 is of interest to trade unionists, as at this time of mass unemployment Government spending on infrastructure projects is always welcome.

“However this expenditure has to benefit working people not only in the short term but also the long term once the project has finished.

“It is the belief of local trade unionists that HS2 does not achieve this remit. That is why some of us are involved in campaigning against the HS2 project for increased expenditure in infrastructure projects that are of benefit to working people and those using local rail services.

“At a time when bus services are being cut and fuel bills going up the question is would it not be better to invest in jobs and services that working people will use, rather than a service that offers none of these benefits and is likely to mean increased fares for all – if HS1 is anything to go by.”