A stone’s throw away from Ed
HS2 would evict families from their homes, disrupt people’s lives, and have a significant impact on parts of Britain’s beautiful countryside, but that seems to have never been a problem for Doncaster MP Ed “EdStone” Miliband, until the preferred route was amended to run through his constituency.
[Former Labour Leader Ed Miliband calls for HS2 route through Doncaster housing estate to be axed, Doncaster Free Press, 21 July 2016]
Ed Miliband has spoken out in opposition to the plans, which if given the go-ahead could involve the demolition of more than 200 homes on the Shimmer Estate in Mexborough, at the heart of Mr Miliband’s Doncaster North constituency.
The former Labour leader, who wants an alternative route, said: “It’s important to try and stop these proposals by making the case for an alternative route.
“The more I hear about this proposed HS2 route, the worse it sounds.
“It will evict families from their homes, disrupt people’s lives, and have a significant impact on parts of our beautiful countryside.
“I will work with concerned residents, councillors, the Mayor of Doncaster, and other MPs, to do all we can to persuade the government of the case for it, based on the economics as well as the effects on my constituents.
The proposed new route through parts of Doncaster and the Dearne Valley was announced with the publication of a report written by Sir David Higgins on July 7.
The new proposal is set to go before the Government for approval this autumn.