Whilst David supports the concept of building a new High Speed line from London to Manchester, he is concerned about the section of track linking High Legh and Wigan. David is now campaigning to have the so-called "Wigan Spur" removed from the overall plans for Phase 2 of HS2.
In order to take the line to Wigan, HS2 must cross virtually every east-west transport link in Cheshire and Lancashire: the M56, M62, East Lancs Road, both Liverpool to Manchester railway lines, the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal. It is doubtful whether all this could be achieved for less than £1bn yet no mention is made of any benefits in the overall business case.
In September David called a debate in Parliament on the effects that HS2 could have on Warrington and highlighted the costs which the Wigan Spur was likely to bring.
David has also written to the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin to make him aware of the effect that the Wigan Spur would have on Warrington
Read David's letter here