High Speed 2: MP wants review after West Coast Main Line errors

Bucks Free Press: Virgin Rail launched a legal challenge over the West Coast Mainline franchise when franchise was awared to First Group Virgin Rail launched a legal challenge over the West Coast Mainline franchise when franchise was awared to First Group

MP CHERYL Gillan has called for an immediate review of High Speed 2's business case after the Government scrapped the multi-billion-pound West Coast Main Line rail deal.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin admitted The Department for Transport has made errors over the franchise to First Group, in what commentators have described as an astonishing development.

Two reviews have been ordered and Mr McLoughlin said the mistakes are estimated to cost £40m.

He said it was entirely the fault of the DfT, not First Group.

Amersham and Chesham MP Cheryl Gillan, recently sacked as a Cabinet Minister, has leapt on the news to ask Ministers to go back to the drawing board on HS2.

She wrote on Twitter this morning: “Am asking DfT for immediate review of hs2 business case in the light of significant technical flaws in wcml franchise competition.”

Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson, who had taken legal action over the decision to award the franchise to the rival firm, wrote on his blog that he hoped his company could now continue running trains on the line.

Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council, has also demanded a review.
 

He said: "We have always argued that the consultation and decision making process on HS2 was deeply flawed."

Cllr Tett, who is Chairman of the 51m Alliance of 18 local authorities opposed to HS2, said: "The Government has now admitted that there are fundamental problems within the Department for Transport in the way it evaluates projects and makes decisions.

"We want to know if the same people who have been suspended were involved in the decisions on HS2.

"Supporters of HS2 have often criticised us for our stand, and for taking legal action. What this revelation on the West Coast Mainline franchise shows is that we have been absolutely right. These current admissions of incompetence would not have come to light without Richard Branson's legal challenge. We expect similar revelations as a result of our challenge on HS2."

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9:58pm Wed 3 Oct 12

padav says...

"MP CHERYL Gillan has called for an immediate review of High Speed 2's business case after the Government scrapped the multi-billion-pound West Coast Main Line rail deal"........nothing like events to provide an avenue for spur of the moment political opportunism? HS2 policy will be subject to rigorous challenge during both the Judicial Review (December 2012) and the Hybrid Bill legislative process (Oct 2013 - Jan 2015). However, Ms Gillan thinks she smells blood and unsurprisingly jumps on the bandwagon to milk the moment.
"MP CHERYL Gillan has called for an immediate review of High Speed 2's business case after the Government scrapped the multi-billion-pound West Coast Main Line rail deal"........nothing like events to provide an avenue for spur of the moment political opportunism? HS2 policy will be subject to rigorous challenge during both the Judicial Review (December 2012) and the Hybrid Bill legislative process (Oct 2013 - Jan 2015). However, Ms Gillan thinks she smells blood and unsurprisingly jumps on the bandwagon to milk the moment. padav
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10:26pm Wed 3 Oct 12

banknote says...

What a pity Cheryl Gillan didn't bring this up in Cabinet when she was a minister....and if she was at odds with the collective view of the government... why did she not resign then?

No these statements smack of political opportunity and I hope the electorate will see them in this light.

As a lifelong Conservative, I am appalled at Ms Gillan's stance.
What a pity Cheryl Gillan didn't bring this up in Cabinet when she was a minister....and if she was at odds with the collective view of the government... why did she not resign then? No these statements smack of political opportunity and I hope the electorate will see them in this light. As a lifelong Conservative, I am appalled at Ms Gillan's stance. banknote
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8:32pm Thu 4 Oct 12

YorksDavey says...

Way to go Cheryl. Make yourself look like an utter waste of space again. Clearly time you gave up and let someone who's abit sharper and actually cares about other people to represent them.
Way to go Cheryl. Make yourself look like an utter waste of space again. Clearly time you gave up and let someone who's abit sharper and actually cares about other people to represent them. YorksDavey
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8:57pm Thu 4 Oct 12

disgruntledof Kingshill says...

The sooner it's reviewed, and hopefully disposed of, the better. If it's shown now to be based on faulty figures, as has been previously alleged, admitting it now may save the expense of the Judicial review.
The sooner it's reviewed, and hopefully disposed of, the better. If it's shown now to be based on faulty figures, as has been previously alleged, admitting it now may save the expense of the Judicial review. disgruntledof Kingshill
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10:26pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Chiltonians says...

Vey typical Cheryl Gillan. Jumping on a silly bandwagon to get a story.

We've seen your self interest approaches before. You lose your job rand now your only last hope is to try to gain back the local votes you have long lost since your last turn of fancy.

You are absolutely wasting your time.

Retire while can ...before we all vote you out and make a very old fool of you!!!
Vey typical Cheryl Gillan. Jumping on a silly bandwagon to get a story. We've seen your self interest approaches before. You lose your job rand now your only last hope is to try to gain back the local votes you have long lost since your last turn of fancy. You are absolutely wasting your time. Retire while can ...before we all vote you out and make a very old fool of you!!! Chiltonians
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11:30pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Chiltonians says...

Mrs Gillan is now taking backward steps.

She has been sacked from her ministerial job so now she is tying to fool us all that she was indeed all along trying to Stop HS2.

Didn't she also say state before that she would pack her job in if HS2 was announced to go ahead last January?

Did she do that? NO!!!!!

She just simply sold her house and moved away.

She is clearly someone that changes her position in order to get what she
feels is in her own self-interest.

I wouldn't trust her as far as I could throw her ...
Mrs Gillan is now taking backward steps. She has been sacked from her ministerial job so now she is tying to fool us all that she was indeed all along trying to Stop HS2. Didn't she also say state before that she would pack her job in if HS2 was announced to go ahead last January? Did she do that? NO!!!!! She just simply sold her house and moved away. She is clearly someone that changes her position in order to get what she feels is in her own self-interest. I wouldn't trust her as far as I could throw her ... Chiltonians
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8:13am Fri 5 Oct 12

demoness the second says...

Chiltonians wrote:
Mrs Gillan is now taking backward steps.

She has been sacked from her ministerial job so now she is tying to fool us all that she was indeed all along trying to Stop HS2.

Didn't she also say state before that she would pack her job in if HS2 was announced to go ahead last January?

Did she do that? NO!!!!!

She just simply sold her house and moved away.

She is clearly someone that changes her position in order to get what she
feels is in her own self-interest.

I wouldn't trust her as far as I could throw her ...
Have you seen the film the Lorax?

I suggest you do :)
[quote][p][bold]Chiltonians[/bold] wrote: Mrs Gillan is now taking backward steps. She has been sacked from her ministerial job so now she is tying to fool us all that she was indeed all along trying to Stop HS2. Didn't she also say state before that she would pack her job in if HS2 was announced to go ahead last January? Did she do that? NO!!!!! She just simply sold her house and moved away. She is clearly someone that changes her position in order to get what she feels is in her own self-interest. I wouldn't trust her as far as I could throw her ...[/p][/quote]Have you seen the film the Lorax? I suggest you do :) demoness the second
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9:29am Fri 5 Oct 12

jdough says...

Chiltonians wrote:
Mrs Gillan is now taking backward steps.

She has been sacked from her ministerial job so now she is tying to fool us all that she was indeed all along trying to Stop HS2.

Didn't she also say state before that she would pack her job in if HS2 was announced to go ahead last January?

Did she do that? NO!!!!!

She just simply sold her house and moved away.

She is clearly someone that changes her position in order to get what she
feels is in her own self-interest.

I wouldn't trust her as far as I could throw her ...
"She is clearly someone that changes her position in order to get what she feels is in her own self-interest"
~
Ah, a politician :-/
[quote][p][bold]Chiltonians[/bold] wrote: Mrs Gillan is now taking backward steps. She has been sacked from her ministerial job so now she is tying to fool us all that she was indeed all along trying to Stop HS2. Didn't she also say state before that she would pack her job in if HS2 was announced to go ahead last January? Did she do that? NO!!!!! She just simply sold her house and moved away. She is clearly someone that changes her position in order to get what she feels is in her own self-interest. I wouldn't trust her as far as I could throw her ...[/p][/quote]"She is clearly someone that changes her position in order to get what she feels is in her own self-interest" ~ Ah, a politician :-/ jdough
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9:38pm Mon 15 Oct 12

Chiltonians says...

Supporters of HS2 or none supporters of HS2.
We all have one thing in common - we can spot a self-interested politician :)

STOP CG!
Supporters of HS2 or none supporters of HS2. We all have one thing in common - we can spot a self-interested politician :) STOP CG! Chiltonians
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