The Government has announced that an independent review of HS2 is now underway. It will be chaired by Douglas Oakervee and will assist the Government with how it wishes to proceed with HS2. The review is due to complete by the end of 2019.

In response to the announcement, Ed Miliband, MP for Doncaster North said:

“This review is long overdue. It can only be right that with so many concerns being raised about the M18 route and the spiralling costs, the project is looked at again. Too many of my constituents’ lives have been blighted for a plan which doesn’t work for Doncaster, Mexborough or South Yorkshire.

The review must look impartially at all the facts and evidence about why the M18 route doesn’t work for connectivity, regeneration or value for money. Instead it should look at alternatives, including the original route to Meadowhall.

“All logic says this review should scrap the M18 route for a different plan. It’s time the government listened to the evidence. This review must deliver real change.”

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