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David Jason hits out at HS2

David Jason Credit: PA

Veteran actor Sir David Jason has joined the list of well known people to oppose the high speed rail line HS2. He is convinced the line will be "damaging" to local communities.

A new £33 billion line is set to improve links between London and major cities in northern England, but it has been met with opposition from critics who fear it will blight the countryside.

Only Fools and Horses star Jason, who lives near Wendover in the Chiltern Hills, reveals he has similar reservations and admits he is worried about mounting costs for the project.

He told the Daily Telegraph: "We live in the Chilterns and it's going to be so damaging. The line will slice right through the Chilterns and there's going to be huge opposition.

"What makes me laugh is the figure they gave of £33 billion. You know what will happen. It will be like all these projects. After a few years, they will say the cost has gone up to £40 billion, then it will be £60 billion.

"Eventually it will be £90 billion and, when they are questioned about it, they will say, 'Oh, that was ten years ago. The costs have gone up so much since then.'"


Home on HS2 route 'worthless' - full report

There are new fears tonight over the value of thousands of homes along the route of the proposed High Speed two rail link. It follows the case of a house in Buckinghamshire which has been valued for a mortgage at nothing.

It's left the 97 year old owner, who is in a care home, unable to sell and desperately needing to pay for care fees.

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports and speaks to son Mike Harper-Tarr, David Richards of Turweston Parish Council and house buyer David Babister.