Campaigners say HS2 could cost the city dear

High speed train.
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Campaigners against the proposed High Speed Two (HS2) railway claim that the Lancaster district’s economy could lose out on up to £45m a year if the project is given the go ahead.

A freedom of information request to the government revealed that HS2 could cause annual losses in economic activity in areas which HS2 Ltd have claimed would benefit by the running on of ‘classic compatible trains’ like Lancaster, Glasgow and Liverpool.

If given the green light, the first phase of work on HS2 would start in 2026 and link London to Birmingham, with a second phase linking Manchester and Leeds to start in 2032.

Eric Ollerenshaw, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, said that the figures paint only half a picture, and that the district could actually gain by up to £7m because businesses would be able to deal more easily with the capital.