Saturday, 11 June 2016

Brexit Could Stop HS2 says Cameron - Jubilation

David Cameron's warning that voting to leave the EU could put the high-speed rail schemes HS2 and HS3 at risk has given people up and down the country another strong temptation to vote to leave. 

We never liked it, we never wanted it and we still deplore the extravagance, the environmental damage and the pointlessness of this project. To spend billions on steel from India for the tracks when our own UK steel workers in Wales are being put out of a job is an insult. The rolling stock is being commissioned from Germany, ignoring our own UK producers. The contract for the stations has gone to a company that will use imported foreign workers not British  - exactly as was done with the Olympic village.  There are rumoured to be a lot of politicians who have invested in this horrendous White Elephant  and they will stand to make a lot of money, but for the vast majority of us there will be no gain, and a lot of pain.
SCRAP HS2 Dave?  PROMISE???
 
Brexit a threat to HS2 and HS3 in Yorkshire, says Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron at the Yorkshire Post Offices, Whitehall Road, Leeds..9th June 2016 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

KATE PROCTOR, WESTMINSTER CORRESPONDENT

18:02Thursday 09 June 2016

FLAGSHIP high speed rail projects designed to connect the North of England may not be completed if Britain leaves the EU, David Cameron has warned.

Delivering the multi-billion pound HS2 and HS3 schemes are at the forefront of the Conservative party’s vision to create a Northern Powerhouse.


Prime Minister David Cameron at the Yorkshire Post Offices, Whitehall Road, Leeds..9th June 2016 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

However a vote to abandon the EU on June 23 could signal the end of proposed levels of investment in rail, Mr Cameron suggested, as grappling with a £40m blackhole in their finances and public spending commitments would have to be managed within a smaller economy.

Speaking exclusively to readers of the Yorkshire Post in central Leeds yesterday, the Prime Minister said: “If we stay in [the EU] all our plans are fully intact and that includes HS2, and what we have said about HS3, and the overall rail investment programme.

“If we come out of course I’m sure we will want to try and maintain these important investments but when you hear nine out of ten economists, the Bank of England, the Treasury, the IMF and now the National Institute [of Economic and Social Research], all saying our economy will be smaller and will generate less tax revenue, obviously that does threaten potentially some public spending programmes.”

“If we stay in [the EU] all our plans are fully intact and that includes HS2, and what we have said about HS3, and the overall rail investment programme.David Cameron

As recently as March, Chancellor George Osborne announced a £60m fund to kick-start a speedier route between Manchester and Leeds that would slash journey times by 30 minutes, while HS2’s budget is currently £55.7bn.

Earlier in the day Mr Cameron paid a visit to a farm in Thirsk as part of his campaign to convince farmers to vote to remain in the EU.

After stopping at Brigshaw High School in Kippax near Castleford school to meet pupils, he then took questions from readers at the Yorkshire Post’s for almost an hour.

A smaller economy would naturally put the brakes on public spending, he told Andrew Latchmore, a partner in Leeds based corporate law firm Shulmans, who had asked him to prioritize investment in HS2 and HS3 if Britain leaves the EU.

Read more: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/politics/brexit-a-threat-to-hs2-and-hs3-in-yorkshire-says-cameron-1-7956781#ixzz4BJ3GPGby

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