The new MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner has joined a re-formed HS2 Review Group in the hopes of convincing the Prime Minister to stop the rail project pressing ahead.
Conservative David Simmonds CBE MP, who was vocal about his opposition to HS2 prior to his election in December, signed off on a letter to Boris Johnson written by interim chair of the HS2 Review Group, Banbury MP Victoria Prentis just before Christmas.
In the letter, Mrs Prentis MP wrote: “We are writing to you to start the conversation about the future of HS2 before any irreversible decisions are taken by the government.
“As One Nation Conservatives, we need to restore public trust in the process of government and the way we spend the taxpayers’ money. HS2 is widely seen as a project that is beset by problems, consistently running over time and over budget.
“It is especially important that we do look at alternatives, particularly as several colleagues have carried out research on how we can fulfil our commitments to new rail investment and other transport projects, rather than pressing ahead with HS2 as currently constituted.”
The letter helped set up a meeting with Transport Minister Paul Maynard MP on January 7.
— Cllr David Simmonds MP (@DSimmonds_RNP) January 7, 2020
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