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Caroline Flint MP has sought assurances from HS2 Ltd

Caroline Flint MP has sought assurances from HS2 Ltd that local businesses will be protected and communities consulted overHS2.JPG the new HS2 route.

Following media reports that the HS2 route was being changed, Caroline Flint sought an early meeting HS2 Chairman, Sir David Higgins to discuss the plan.
Said Ms Flint:  “HS2 is one of the UK’s biggest ever infrastructure projects and has been years in the planning.   As soon as it became apparent that the route was being changed, and the new line would pass through my constituency, I wanted assurances.
“Having discussed the details, it appears the route appears to be some distance from any residential areas in Denaby Main and Old Denaby.  However, I believe that there are some local businesses who may have to be compensated and relocated.  I have asked for more information on this.
“I have visited the area where the line crosses through Denaby Main, and there will be a viaduct created on one section, to avoid any need for a level crossing with all the problems they can create.
“I will be happy to look into any issues that aren’t apparent at this point in time.
"One big gain from HS2 is the new national Rail College in Doncaster; which seeks to train 900 apprentices a year.  This week at the Public Accounts Committee I asked Philip Rutman, Permanent Secretary at the Department of Transport, if he would look at any loss of jobs and growth as a result of the proposed route change.
“Some people ask me why HS2 does not come into Doncaster station – the simple reason is that our rail service to London is so good, that long before HS2 is built, it will take just 75 minutes to get to London with the new generation of trains.  Local residents can look forward to even better rail services here on our doorstep.”

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