Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP asked the Prime Minister about HS2 at Prime Minister's Questions, 9 January 2019.

CANCEL HS2 AND SPEND THE MONEY ON THE PEOPLE’S PRIORITIES FOR TRANSPORT, SAYS RT HON DAME CHERYL GILLAN MP AT FIRST PRIME MINISTER’S QUESTION TIME OF 2019

The HS2 project should be cancelled and the money spent on the people’s priorities for transport, said Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan, MP for Chesham & Amersham, at the first session of Prime Minister’s Question Time in 2019, on Wednesday 9 January.

Dame Cheryl said:

“ The travelling public want greater investment to repair our roads and upgrade our existing railway services.

“ Yet we are wasting billions on a deeply unpopular project where the management and the costs are out of control and will end up with an invoice for the taxpayer of more than £100 billion £300 million per mile of track.

“ When are we going to cancel HS2 and spend this money on the people’s priorities  for transport rather than on this vanity project which will never deliver value for money?”

The Prime Minister, Rt Hon Theresa May MP, said that the government recognises the public’s concerns about transport and this includes more funding from the Chancellor of the Exchequer for repairing potholes amongst other things.

But the Prime Minister said that the HS2 project is not just about high speed rail provision, but about addressing capacity on the West Coast Main Line. Mrs May said that HS2 is “spreading prosperity” with 7000 jobs and 2000 businesses being created and tens of billions of pounds of benefits for local communities.

Dame Cheryl will be tabling more Questions as she remains of the opinion that this railway is not a priority at this time.