David Campbell Bannerman’s alternative to the HS2 rail link

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Former local MEP David Campbell Bannerman has made a major contribution to the HS2 debate arguing for high speed trains to go up an improved East Coast Main Line through Peterborough instead of via Birmingham.

He said: “The Government is absolutely right to pursue visionary plans for a high speed rail network – I worked personally on Britain’s first high speed network. But if current HS2 plans go ahead our nearest fast trains will be in York and London. The current route is not good news for the economy of the East of England. We’ll be bypassed. We need to ensure we too enjoy the benefits of high speed rail.”

David explained that the paper related to constituency concerns he had previously expressed, is not party political and is nothing to do with the current elections.

You can download a copy of the paper here (pdf).

Cover of HSNet not HS2 paper