In a tense second reading today, the future of High Speed rail in the United Kingdom was assured despite a backbench rebellion.
Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of continuing plans for the £40 billion project, despite concerns that benefits to areas outside of London have been massively over-estimated, mainly due to the tremendous support for the project from MP’s – especially those with financial interests in construction companies.
Speaking after the reading, an MP on the board of Balfour Beatty – a company expected to massively benefit from the huge civil engineering project that is HS2 – said, “I am delighted for the country that we as a parliament have allowed High Speed Rail to proceed. Through this project, we have not only guaranteed employment for the next twenty years, but also ensured that the mortgage on my Provence farmhouse is paid for the significant future.”
Other members of parliament, though not benefitting financially from the construction, are also delighted with the project approval. Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey, when asked his thoughts on the environmental impact of such a grand development, said, “We have assurances that the influence on the natural world will be negligible, plus new trains! I’ve been told they’ll be shiny, so very shiny!”
HS2 Construction Approved by Shareholders in Construction Companies
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