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‘Appalling lack of patriotism’ HS2 contracts worth billions go to foreign firms

HS2GETTYAnger is growing regarding the route and firms involved with HS2

Companies from Sweden, Austria and France will all benefit from hugely lucrative contracts - with British companies only making up a percentage of those involved. 

Eiffage and Vinci from France, Skanska from Sweden and Strabag from Austria have all bagged contracts to help build the high-speed rail system. 

The deals are worth £6.6 billion in total and will see tunnels, embankments and viaducts constructed between London and Birmingham.

The contracts are estimated to support 16,000 jobs with British construction giant Carillion among the firms awarded contracts for building the first phase of the railway.

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And it has emerged today homes built in the last five years are also set to be demolished to make way for the new tracks.

Sixteen properties on the Shimmer housing estate in Mexborough will be bulldozed to make way for the high-speed railway, the Department for Transport (DfT) said.

Residents will lose their homes because ministers decided the line should serve the existing Sheffield city centre station after proposals to run trains to Meadowhall shopping centre were shelved.

Shimmer EstateGETTTYHomes at the new Shimmer Estate will be demolished to make way for HS2

The situation was condemned by Ukip this evening, who described the situation as “nuts” and "unpatriotic". 

Jill Seymour MEP, the party’s transport spokesperson, said the Government was showing no consideration for the real people affected by the project. 

She told “I am very much against HS2. I have spent several months speaking to residents, farmers, businesses and households. 

“We just found out it's going through a brand new housing estate. People are on suicide watch. If this Government cares about individuals, they aren’t listening.”

Shimmer EstateGETTYProtestors against HS2, which will cost billions and see foreign firms given lucrative contracts

On the subject of lucrative contracts being handed to European companies, she said: “My personal point is that if we have money available, that’s where British contracts should be given.”

And she took aim at the need for the project at all, explaining the minutes saved on journey time could easily be saved by getting out of bed earlier. 

Ms Seymour

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