The transport minister for High Speed 2 (HS2) has dismissed rumours that HS2 could be canned from the Conservative Party manifesto.
Conservative Party MP for Harrogate & Knaresborough and transport minister for HS2 Andrew Jones dismissed rumours HS2 would be cancelled after two of his contemporaries gave rise to rumours the project would be left out of the Tory manifesto and subsequently cancelled after the election.
Conservative MP for Amersham, Cheryl Gillan and North West Leicestershire MP Andrew Bridgen, both staunch opposers of the high speed line, had called for the project to be ditched. Bridgen said it is a “white elephant” and Gillan called for an emergency debate in Parliament to discuss its viability in the wake of the £170M development partner procurement problems.
Fuel was added to the fire after the party refused to confirm or deny the rumours saying it would publish its programme for Government during the campaign.
However, in a new statement Jones spoke out and said: “HS2 is going ahead. Construction will be underway shortly, and that will be an important moment in our transport history.
“The government is committed to it. Suggestions to the contrary are incorrect.”