High Speed Rail gathered more momentum on Thursday 31 October 2013 when the Preparation Bill returned to the House of Commons for its Third Reading.
Natascha Engel, Member of Parliament for North East Derbyshire has consistently spoken out against HS2.
In 2008 costings for the the project stood at £17bn. Today it stands at £50bn with many respected organisations and businesses questioning the viability of the whole project.
Commenting after the debate in which only 36 Members of Parliament voted against the Third reading Natascha Engel said,
“There is no doubt that we do need to improve our railways and transport infrastructure but with such an important project costing billions of pounds this needs to be done with more care. We should be looking at any other options for improving our railways, but where are they? How did the Department for Transport identify where the problems were on our railways and what other options were looked at? I have not seen anything. The people in my constituency of North East Derbyshire who are affected by this project are not only paying for this through their taxes but they are paying for it with their homes and communities. I voted against the Third reading and will keep opposing it.”
To watch Natascha’s interview visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03gps89/Daily_Politics_31_10_2013/