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HS2: Northamptonshire County Council set to oppose scheme

The Birmingham and Fazeley viaduct, part of the proposed route for the HS2 high-speed rail scheme Image copyright PA
Image caption The £50bn HS2 scheme aims to to run trains at 225 mph (362km/h) from London to Birmingham from 2026

Northamptonshire County Council is set to spend up to £100,000 to hire a parliamentary specialist to oppose plans for the HS2 high-speed rail link.

A report to the council's cabinet recommends opposing the £50bn scheme which the council says could cost the authority £6m in damage to its roads.

The route runs through part of south Northamptonshire and has been opposed by local MP Andrea Leadsom.

On Tuesday, the cabinet will be look at petitioning parliament over HS2.

A report to the Conservative-run council says that the authority should employ a parliamentary agent to help petition parliament on the plans as specialist knowledge is needed.

It says an agent would cost at least £20,000 but could cost up to £100,000.

If the cabinet backs petitioning parliament against the plans, the decision will go to the full council at a later date for final approval.

The HS2 scheme aims to run trains at 225 mph (362km/h) from London to Birmingham from 2026.

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