County council joins the fight to stop HS2

High Speed Rail in Kent
High Speed Rail in Kent

OXFORDSHIRE County Council has taken a stand against the proposed HS2 rail line, which will brush the edge of the county, because it will cost them money.

The council has joined 15 other authorities in the group 51m, which is working to oppose the government’s £32 billion high speed rail project.

Councillor Rodney Rose, 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.

“We cannot but reflect on what we could do with just a fraction of £32 billion to invest in local transport infrastructure.”

The group has been named 51m as that is the proposed cost that every parliamentary constituency will have to pay to fund the controversial project.

Oxfordshire’s move to join the group has been praised by the leader of Bucks County Council, which is putting large resources behind stopping the bid.

Martin Tett said: “I’m delighted that Oxfordshire has joined the growing ranks of local authorities that have reviewed, challenged and now oppose this immensely expensive scheme.

“This is a challenging time for this country economically and socially. To spend so much on a project where it is now generally accepted to have a very dubious business case, not be green and do little to heal the north/south divide is crazy.

“We should be investing in our road and rail infrastructure as a whole.”