Ex-MP opposes high speed train

Former Conservative shadow transport secretary and ex-Kent MP Archie Norman has joined a growing lost of political figures opposed to HS2. The line would run through Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire on its way to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.

Ex-Kent MP opposes second high speed plan

A high speed train service already runs through Kent Credit: Press Association Images

Former Conservative shadow transport secretary and ex-Kent MP Archie Norman has joined a growing lost of political figures opposed to HS2. Mr Norman, who is also Chairman of ITV, has been telling the Sunday Telegraph of his concerns.

The line would run through Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire on its way to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. In the Business section of today’s Sunday Telegraph, Mr Norman writes that the 'economics are very unattractive and the risks enormous'.

'Since it was first announced, the costs have escalated relentlessly,' the article reads. 'It now looks as if HS2 will cost £50billion — nearly £2,000 for every household in Britain for a railway that probably only about one to two per cent of the population will use each year.'