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The HS2 rail link is a ‘huge white elephant’ that should be scrapped, senior Tories say 

‘Put HS2 out of its misery’: High-speed rail link is a ‘huge white elephant’ that should be scrapped, senior Tories say

  • HS2 rail link’s future is due to be discussed in the Commons on September 13 
  • Comes after more than 155,000 people signed a petition calling for it to be axed 
  • The HS2 is a ‘huge white elephant’ that should be ‘put out of its misery’ senior Tories will urge ministers 

The HS2 rail link is a ‘huge white elephant’ that should be ‘put out of its misery’, senior Tories will urge ministers.

The line’s future is due to be discussed in the Commons on September 13 after more than 155,000 people signed a petition calling for it to be axed.

Ex-Cabinet ministers will warn it could cost up to £150billion. Esther McVey said: ‘HS2 is a huge white elephant. The Government should put it out of its misery.’ 

The HS2 rail link is a ‘huge white elephant’ that should be ‘put out of its misery’, senior Tories will urge ministers. Pictured: Construction work on the HS2 station at Old Oak Common in London

But a Department for Transport spokesman said: ‘It is a key part of our promise to build back better from Covid.’

It comes after the Mail revealed that the Eastern leg of the rail line, to Nottingham, Sheffield and Leeds, is likely to be shelved.

Former business secretary Andrea Leadsom is among those due to speak in the debate, triggered because more than 100,000 people signed a petition on the Government website.

Former business secretary Andrea Leadsom is among those due to speak in the debate, triggered because more than 100,000 people signed a petition on the Government website

Former business secretary Andrea Leadsom is among those due to speak in the debate, triggered because more than 100,000 people signed a petition on the Government website

She told the Sunday Telegraph: ‘Its budget has overrun time and time again and it is inconceivable that it offers value for the taxpayer in any form.

‘The entire project is bad for our economy and our environment and I will be sharing my concerns in September’s debate.’

Prominent backbencher Andrew Bridgen wrote in the Sunday Express that residents of the North and Midlands want better local east-west transport to towns and cities, not faster routes to London.

‘With HS2 having little support out in the country, ballooning costs and looking out of date, with a questionable business case, it’s time to shoot this white elephant and concentrate resources on local connections which are deliverable and benefit the majority, not just the few,’ he said.

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