HS2 Update

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:23 pm on 17th July 2017.

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Photo of Michael Fabricant Michael Fabricant Conservative, Lichfield 10:23 pm, 17th July 2017

Lichfield has been blighted twice by HS2, first by phase 1 and now by phase 2a. Farms are facing devastation in my constituency, with quarries being planned for them under phase 2a. Will the Secretary of State confirm that they can appeal through a petition? His predecessor said that the whole rationale for HS2 was congestion, but is it not the case that most of the congestion is south of Birmingham? I do not believe that phase 2a and phase 2b are necessary. It would save this nation money and I can tell the Under-Secretary of State for Transport, my hon. Friend Paul Maynard, who is on the Front Bench, that this legislation certainly will not have my support when it comes to a vote.