Following his election in the 2019 General Election, Alexander Stafford committed to continuing his opposition of High Speed 2 railway line, and instead calling for a more local approach to transport investment.
Alexander is a firm believer in investing in local and regional transport infrastructure and has been a longstanding and fervent voice against the HS2 railway line. The proposed line carves through green belt line and will leave a path of destruction that sees the demolition of homes and buildings.
HS2 therefore offers no actual benefit to Rother Valley. The line does not stop in the constituency and does nothing to strengthen the local infrastructure that is already falling apart at the seams, benefiting people travelling to and from London with a shorter journey time.
The people of Rother Valley stand to see no benefit from this destructive London-centric transport project which does not produce any tangible improvement to the local area. Alexander has received countless pieces of casework highlighting the situation and how the area desperately needs a transport system that is functional, with some people forced to leave the area so they can access public transport that is reliable and fit for purpose.
Alexander has promoted to reopening of the South Yorkshire Joint Railway as an alternative, and a solution to the transport woes that currently plague Rother Valley. Local people want engagement from transport companies and the Government, and they want projects that work for them.
Alternatives that do not cause the environmental damage that HS2 does are readily available, and these alternatives would bring huge benefits to the local area, unlike the current HS2 proposal.
Alexander has voiced his opposition to the plans both in Parliament and with government ministers, and he continues to strongly oppose the development which he believes will wreak havoc and cause irreparable damage.