January 9, 2013


Today (Wednesday 9th January 2013) John Bercow, Member of Parliament for Buckingham, met with the Secretary of State at the Department for Transport to reiterate his opposition to the Government’ ¬£32billion High Speed Rail Project.

Mr Bercow discussed the current consultation about the Department for Transport’ compensation proposals with Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, raising a number of concerns about the extent and generosity of the offer on the table. The Secretary of State accepted a number of points Mr Bercow made and agreed to consider them before presenting his final package.

In addition, the Secretary of State agreed to re-examine mitigation measures in parts of the Buckingham constituency most affected by the rail line. Speaking after the meeting, John Bercow MP said “I welcomed the opportunity to discuss a number of my concerns, and those of my constituents, with Patrick McLoughlin. I was reassured by his commitment to reconsider a number of elements of the proposed compensation package and the planned mitigation measures. I will continue to fight to ensure Buckingham constituency residents get the best possible deal”.