Tuesday 19 January 2021 / 2:32 PM Transport

Labour welcomes Government u-turn on giving towns and villages a say over transport links

Despite previously opposing the move in the House of Lords, the Government have today accepted a Labour amendment to the HS2 Bill which will give towns and villages in Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire a say over transport links.

Labour’s amendment was opposed by Tory Peers back in November but the Government today accepted the move to prevent a vote of MPs and potential rebellion.

Labour’s win will force the Government to launch a landmark transport consultation with the residents of Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire, as part of the HS2 process, meaning that residents will have a say about whether the Government should be delivering more local transport links, as well as how disruption from the works can be minimised.

Speaking ahead of the debate on Lords amendments to the HS2 Bill, Tan Dhesi MP, Labour’s Shadow Rail Minister, said:

“The Government must invest in developing rail capacity, including high speed rail, to better connect our towns and cities. But it is failing with its management of the HS2 project and failing to listen to local residents.

“It is welcome that ministers agree with Labour that the people of Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire need a say over transport in their towns and villages. This must mark the start of the Government working with local people and delivering on their promises.”