Jeremy Corbyn: North will be ‘sorely disappointed’ by HS2 plans

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Jeremy Corbyn has said the government’s transport and infrastructure proposals “don’t add up to a serious” as he hit out at Boris Johnson’s announcement that HS2 will go ahead.

The Prime Minister promised to “deliver prosperity to every part of the country” as he made a statement on the controversial rail scheme in the Commons this afternoon.

His decision came despite fears over the plan's budget and environmental impact.

Mr Johnson told MPs that he plans change the way HS2 is managed and appoint a minister whose full-time job will be to oversee the project in a bid to set right the string of delays and spiralling costs.

But the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn criticised the government as “unable to manage infrastructure projects properly and incapable of keeping a lid on the cost”.

He shot across the despatch box: “Today, the Prime Minister is selling his announcement as a prize for parts of the Midlands and the North, I simply tell him this - people in those regions, to whom he promised so much in the general election, are going to be sorely disappointed when they see what actually happens.”

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Mr Johnson also announced transport measures including a £5 billion cash injection to overhaul bus and cycle links in English regions outside London.

The opposition leader described the bus network proposals as “frankly woeful” and accused the Conservatives of “taking ideas from the Labour Party” while being unwilling to fund them adequately.

Mr Corbyn continued: “Today's piecemeal announcements don't add up to a serious plan to rebalance the economy or to tackle the serious climate emergency that we all face.

“They don't even come close to repairing the damage done by a decade of Tory government.”

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