Bercow slams HS2 scheme

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow MP has today slammed the £32bn High Speed 2 (HS2) project today in an exclusive interview with ITV News.

"A wretched, unnecessary project"

"A wretched, unnecessary project that has no case." That is how House of Commons Speaker and Buckingham MP John Bercow described the £32 billion pound High Speed 2 project today.

As Speaker Mr Bercow is independent but in an exclusive interview with Meridian he says he has to oppose the scheme because it is so bad. This report is from our transport correspondent Mike Pearse. He also spoke to Buckinghamshire resident Mike Wood and Martin Wells from the HS2 project.

Bercow slams HS2 rail scheme

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow MP has today slammed the £32bn High Speed 2 (HS2) project today in an exclusive interview with ITV News.

He dubbed the scheme a "wretched unnecessary project that has no case and we don't want it."

As Speaker of the house the Buckingham MP is independent but says he has to speak out against the scheme because it is so bad.

Mr Bercow attended an exhibition along with residents of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire to find out about how the Government plans to compensate those hit by the project.

Under the scheme those living 120 meters from the line can expect to have homes bought by HS2. Those further away may have to wait until the line is complete in more than ten years time.

Local people say they are finding it difficult to sell and property values are down by a third.

HS2 say they are consulting on a Government scheme that is more generous than any other and people who find it difficult to sell can apply for help.

It would cost £32 billion and link London with Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester going through parts of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Here is the exclusive interview Mr Bercow gave our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse.

Martin Wells from HS2 gives the scheme and property consultation arguments

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