HS2 'important for Britain and Cheshire', says Tatton MP

Anti-HS2 campaigners wait for MP George Osborne

Anti-HS2 campaigners wait for MP George Osborne

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A TATTON MP has reiterated the importance of a high-speed rail link that will pass near Lostock and Wincham.

The proposed HS2 phase two route runs from the West Midlands to Manchester, via Crewe, close to Winsford and villages in Mid-Cheshire.

George Osborne MP claimed the development would help bring jobs to the area and that the government were set to deal with families affected by the route on a ‘case-by-case’ basis.

“I think HS2 is a really important piece of infrastructure for the whole of Britain and is also very important for Cheshire,” he said.

“It’s going to make travel easier, help local stations, bring jobs to the area and bring people to the rest of the country.

“I am pro HS2, but I also represent people who are affected. I understand if you are anxious but there is compensation available.

“We deal with these cases on a case-by-case basis and we are helping families get what they need.”

However, following a closed meeting with parish councillors from Tatton held at Macclesfield Town Hall, the Chancellor’s approach to the £50billion scheme was slammed by anti-HS2 campaigners.

“George Osborne used police decoys to avoid meeting 20 of his constituents who were waiting to speak to him after a ‘closed meeting’ – not in his Tatton Constituency by the way,” said chair of All Cheshire Against HS2, Ewen Simpson.

“His constituents had been trying to meet with him at surgeries, so that they can meet a Member of Parliament ‘face to face’ to air their views and grievances, but not George.

“We thought this meeting was to be George on his own, but no. HS2 Ltd people were there too – in other words, an HS2 Ltd presentation. No Opposing views or challenges allowed.”

Mr Simpson insists Tatton will no longer be a ‘safe seat’ for the Conservative govrnement, claiming HS2 is becoming the ‘Tatton Brown Envelope’.

“George must surely realise by continuing to avoid his constituents a groundswell of opposition is building up,” he explained. “Such that fringe parties opposing HS2 are gaining a great deal of support.

“If he and his advisers think his majority of just under 15,000 makes Tatton a safe seat, he should think again – a previous Conservative MP though so and lost out.”

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11:16pm Tue 17 Dec 13

L Byrne says...

Is it too much to ask that George Osborne stands in front of a public meeting in his constituency and explains his support for HS2 and answers questions from his constituents about it?

At the same meeting he might also attempt to justify the plan by NHS bosses to shift almost £1billion in funding from areas like Northwich to richer areas in the south, Midlands and east of England.

I am sure that lots of his constituents would really like to hear what he has to say.
Is it too much to ask that George Osborne stands in front of a public meeting in his constituency and explains his support for HS2 and answers questions from his constituents about it? At the same meeting he might also attempt to justify the plan by NHS bosses to shift almost £1billion in funding from areas like Northwich to richer areas in the south, Midlands and east of England. I am sure that lots of his constituents would really like to hear what he has to say. L Byrne
  • Score: 9

5:05pm Wed 18 Dec 13

GOFFY says...

“It’s going to make travel easier, help local stations, bring jobs to the area and bring people to the rest of the country." this is the comment made by my MP and I have to say it must one of the most idiotic I have ever read.
It is going to make travel easier, how? HS2 will pass in the blink of an eye, and then help local stations, again how? will it make Northwich, Lostock, Greenbank, better places to wait for trains, no of course it won't.
And as for jobs we might get a few when or if construction goes ahead but after that there will none for Northwich and the surrounding area.
I think that George Osborne should bugger off and slither back to where he came from.

Goffy
“It’s going to make travel easier, help local stations, bring jobs to the area and bring people to the rest of the country." this is the comment made by my MP and I have to say it must one of the most idiotic I have ever read. It is going to make travel easier, how? HS2 will pass in the blink of an eye, and then help local stations, again how? will it make Northwich, Lostock, Greenbank, better places to wait for trains, no of course it won't. And as for jobs we might get a few when or if construction goes ahead but after that there will none for Northwich and the surrounding area. I think that George Osborne should bugger off and slither back to where he came from. Goffy GOFFY
  • Score: 4

5:43pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Daniel18 says...

Hopefully HS2 will be great for Britain - George Osborne will be voted out at the next election!
Hopefully HS2 will be great for Britain - George Osborne will be voted out at the next election! Daniel18
  • Score: -3

6:33pm Wed 18 Dec 13

L Byrne says...

Daniel18

One of the hidden secrets about HS2 is the predicted cost of travelling on it. People who are for it, such as yourself, don't seem to know or are not prepared to say because it will frighten potential supporters.

I have heard a predicted figure of £250 ( at today's prices) for the average cost of a return journey from Manchester to London. That would not be a problem for a multi millionaire like George Osborne who would probably claim his fare on expenses, anyway but it sure would give a problem to most other people who are not so lucky.

Perhaps Mr Osborne could enlighten us on the issue if dare face his constituents at a meeting.
Daniel18 One of the hidden secrets about HS2 is the predicted cost of travelling on it. People who are for it, such as yourself, don't seem to know or are not prepared to say because it will frighten potential supporters. I have heard a predicted figure of £250 ( at today's prices) for the average cost of a return journey from Manchester to London. That would not be a problem for a multi millionaire like George Osborne who would probably claim his fare on expenses, anyway but it sure would give a problem to most other people who are not so lucky. Perhaps Mr Osborne could enlighten us on the issue if dare face his constituents at a meeting. L Byrne
  • Score: 3

2:38pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Cymo says...

How is HS2 going to benefit Cheshire, when none of our stations can connect with it. It will go thro' Crewe, but will not take on passengers there. There will be no jobs created, because Cameron's mates will bring their own workers to build it. We will just be left even more isolated, with a ravished countryside, unique habitats destroyed and blighted houses.
Cheshire needs a proper rail network set up, for example, connecting the Northwich and Hartford lines and building a connection from Manchester Airport to Knutsford or Altringcham (both of which were promised decades ago, but never materialised)
How is HS2 going to benefit Cheshire, when none of our stations can connect with it. It will go thro' Crewe, but will not take on passengers there. There will be no jobs created, because Cameron's mates will bring their own workers to build it. We will just be left even more isolated, with a ravished countryside, unique habitats destroyed and blighted houses. Cheshire needs a proper rail network set up, for example, connecting the Northwich and Hartford lines and building a connection from Manchester Airport to Knutsford or Altringcham (both of which were promised decades ago, but never materialised) Cymo
  • Score: 4

5:33pm Sun 22 Dec 13

andrew needham says...

introducing Pete Waterman, the "rail expert".

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introducing Pete Waterman, the "rail expert". http://zelo-street.b logspot.co.uk/2013/1 2/exclusive-hs2-we-s hould-be-so-lucky.ht ml AN andrew needham
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11:31am Mon 23 Dec 13

GOFFY says...

Having read the article Andrew Needham refers to I am no better off mainly because I couldn't give a toss what happens in Crewe which it only refers to, the only area that matters to me is Northwich and the surrounding area, is this Andrew Needham the Tory who used to be councillor on Vale Royal? is he in favour or against HS2? come on Andrew let us know.

Goffy
Having read the article Andrew Needham refers to I am no better off mainly because I couldn't give a toss what happens in Crewe which it only refers to, the only area that matters to me is Northwich and the surrounding area, is this Andrew Needham the Tory who used to be councillor on Vale Royal? is he in favour or against HS2? come on Andrew let us know. Goffy GOFFY
  • Score: 1

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