Flood-affected MPs in warning over new high-speed railway to Sheffield

An artist's impression of an HS2 train.
An artist's impression of an HS2 train.
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Cross-party backing for a new high-speed railway serving Sheffield has been thrown into doubt due to flooding in Devon.

Tory and Labour MPs from storm-ravaged constituencies said they would refuse to support the £42 billion rail line unless major improvements were made to the West Country railway network.

The prospect of a rebellion over HS2 – linking London with Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, via Sheffield – from MPs of both parties was brought into focus after Tory Gary Streeter, South West Devon MP, said he would vote against it unless there was a firm Government commitment to properly replace the wrecked mainline at Dawlish.

And former Labour Cabinet minister Ben Bradshaw said every MP in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset should sign up to Mr Streeter’s position to send a ‘very powerful message’ to the Government and Labour, which both support HS2.