Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:13 pm on 20th June 2022.

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Photo of Graham Stringer Graham Stringer Labour, Blackley and Broughton 10:13 pm, 20th June 2022

There are three possible positions to take on the Golborne link. There is the position that my hon. Friend Yvonne Fovargue has just put very convincingly that it should still be able to be considered during the passage of the hybrid Bill and that one should be able to petition against it. She made the powerful case in support of it, not just the facility to talk about it.

There is a second case, which James Grundy made in the previous debate, that there was significant disturbance to his constituents and that on their behalf, which he is completely entitled to do as a constituency MP, he objects to the Golborne link. That is a completely reasonable position to take, although, when it comes to building high-speed lines that are good for a region or the whole country, it is inevitable that there is little immediate benefit for many constituents. It is the nature of high speed that it will go “whoosh” past a lot of places, and people will not be able to get the normal benefit they get from a train service by going to the local station. This is a particularly difficult project for national, and not local, benefit.