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MP Promises To Quiz Department For Transport On High-Speed Rail Plans

Wednesday January 30 2013

Michael Dugher MP Michael Dugher MP

MP MICHAEL Dugher has backed the plans for a second high-speed rail line because of the potential economic benefits the project could bring to South Yorkshire.

He's also said he will always put the concerns of Barnsley residents first in seeking reassurances from the Department for Transport regarding the proposed route through Barnsley.

The maps released show that the proposed line will pass through a substantial part of Mr Dugher’s constituency of Barnsley East – going through Hoyland Common, cutting across Sheffield Rd, passing around Wombwell Wood, coming down near the Tesco store at Stairfoot, and going through the upper part of Cudworth before heading out past Royston.

"I support the HS2 project in principle because of the huge potential economic benefits it could bring to South Yorkshire and the wider region,'' he said.

"However, I will always put Barnsley residents first and there are still aspects of the route that need clarifying. I will be scrutinising the proposals carefully and seeking assurances from the Department for Transport on the precise nature of the route through Barnsley.''

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Reply Posted by les on Wednesday January 30 2013 at 14:49
If the mp mr dugher has backed the plans to go ahead with the proposed high speed
train through his ward.....he has not put his constituants first .in plain english he should find out what at least 50% of his constituants think and then back something. that shows you put your constituants first...... before you back something you have to look back at things the average taxpayer is still paying for...ie
channel tunnel....humber bridge.afghanistan next mali.....many thing that people have never been over. travelled on etc the people are not idiots
when the government says it will cost ex number of millions of pounds or billions
it allways costs. 3x more and who will pay for it. The government keeps telling everybody to tighten there belts because were in such a bad situation but there is a a lot of spare billions to build some more crap....as i have said in prevous comments
this country keeps sponging more and more out of its people. until they are so down while they the government keep getting more and more in debt.....sack them all

Reply Posted by Aunt Hilder on Thursday January 31 2013 at 07:22
Well............I hope you feel better after getting that off your chest!

Reply Posted by les on Thursday January 31 2013 at 10:09
I dont get things off my chest. my chest is beautiful. ... i just say what people in the street are saying i have that great position where everybody talks to me and i write it down as other people see things in everyday life

Reply Posted by MC on Thursday January 31 2013 at 14:00
simmer down Les (and study English so you can better write down what others see)

Reply Posted by king louis on Friday February 1 2013 at 10:38
How many on here need to save 13 mins to Birmingham and 25 mins to London?.. and think £35,000,000,000 is a good amount to pay for it? or could £ 35,000,000,000 be spent better..because thats just the start figure which always doubles and then there are running costs thereafter

Reply Posted by sarah on Friday February 1 2013 at 13:06
Dont worry about it too much as soon as we find out the true economic gains to barnsley im sure the council will find a way of putting a stop to it.

Reply Posted by Jimbo on Friday February 1 2013 at 15:09
Regardless of what people want, the decision has already been made. The government say the money is not coming from tax payers. Not like that would affect a large proportion of Barnsley's population anyway considering they don't pay a penny in!!! Additionally as the money is being sourced to build this line, If the line doesn't go ahead then don't assume the money will be spent improving local services. We live in a northern town that has fallen short of government spending for decades. I'm surprised they are being considerate enough to build tunnels under the residential areas, let alone recognise the town exists.