Charles Walker questions high costs of HS2

Speaking during a debate on the High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill, Charles Walker questions whether consideration has been given to increasing passenger capacity on the east and west coast lines without the vast costs associated with HS2.

Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne) (Con): In drafting her amendments, did my right hon. Friend consider how to deliver extra passenger capacity to the east and west coast lines, but without the vast costs?

Mrs Gillan: My hon. Friend makes a good point. I am afraid that I do not have the resources to table an extensive list of amendments, and although I considered that, I dismissed it fairly rapidly. I just do not have the back-up and resource, on a project this large and complex, to keep up with the machinations of the Government, as they bring out 400 or 500 pages of information a couple of days before any crucial stage of the Bill—I am expecting the £50,000 environmental statement to arrive on our desks shortly.

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