‘We deserve better’ MP tells minister behind closed doors

David Lidington
David Lidington

MP David Lidington has met the transport secretary to demand better compensation for those affected by the planned high speed train line.

Families within 60, or in some cases 120 metres, of the track are expected to get the value of their home reimbursed – but the Aylesbury MP is calling for ‘a variable voluntary purchase zone to take into account the different impacts HS2 will have’.

After his meeting with Patrick McLoughlin, Mr Lidington said: “If HS2 does go ahead it is important a generous and comprehensive compensation scheme is put in place as soon as possible.

“I was pleased to be able to meet with the Secretary of State to explain why I believe changes need to be made to the proposals that are currently being consulted on.”

The MP also backed The National Trust’s calls for an 8km landscaped embankment to be built either side of the track near Fairford Leys.

The plans would include a ‘lid’ on top to reduce noise.

Mr Lidington said: “I urged the Secretary of State to incorporate the National Trust’s plans for mitigation between Stoke Mandeville and Waddesdon into the design.”

The Tory MP is campaigning for both the scheme to be scrapped and better compensation if it goes ahead.

Mr Lidington plans to submit his consultation response in the New Year.