“The cost of HS2 is not just to the taxpayer, but also to those it affects,” commented Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan, MP for Chesham & Amersham, on 12 January.
At the first session of Transport Questions in 2017, Mrs Gillan said that the Secretary of State will have studied the report published recently by the House of Lords HS2 select committee. This recommends amending legislation to make sure that HS2 Ltd cannot make compulsory purchases of land for regeneration or development. The company should limit their land acquisitions to what is needed.
“Farmers, landowners and communities have been blighted for years by this scheme, and the threat of further compulsory purchase is truly worrying,” Cheryl Gillan told the Secretary of State for Transport.
Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP said that the Government is carefully considering the Lords’ recommendations and will publish its response shortly. The Government is “looking extremely carefully at that recommendation,” he told Mrs Gillan.