County council could join campaign against rail link
Leicestershire County Council is considering joining a national campaign against a high-speed rail link.
Led by Buckinghamshire County Council, the group consists of 13 councils who are opposed to the planned high-speed rail project.
Buckinghamshire has invited Leicestershire to join the campaign and the council's cabinet will consider the offer next week.
The campaign is opposed to the proposed Y-shaped link between, London, Birmingham and the north and questions the economics of the £32 billion investment.
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County council leader David Parsons said: "High Speed 2 has admirable aspirations but we need to consider the potential impact on Leicestershire's businesses and its environment.
"A strong case has been made for the electrification of the Midland mainline, which is essential to Leicestershire's economy, and although Government says HS2 will not compromise this, stronger reassurances are needed."
He said, in his view, they needed to put the needs of the county's businesses and its environment first and he was keen to join the campaign but looked forward to hearing the views of cabinet colleagues.
The rail network would include a branch passing through the East Midlands. The council's cabinet meets to discuss the offer at 2pm next Tuesday.