The British government are in talks with China to build HS2 high speed link with he China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC).
CRCC has said they can easily build HS2 within five years at a much lower cost than currently forecast, the Financial Times reported.
Department for Transport (DfT) officials confirmed “preliminary discussions” had taken placebut there are no “concrete commitments.”
An official said, “The DfT is always keen to learn from the experience of others and to consider approaches that offer value for money to the taxpayer.”
However, a Tory MP said the cost to Britain’s sovereignty could be “higher than we ever imagined” as CRCC is Beijing’s state owned railway builder.
Speaking to PA news agency Tory MP Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee said, “Britain needs to think hard about how we partner with countries that don’t share our respect for human rights or the rule of law.
“The price of the project may be lower but the cost to our sovereignty could be higher than we ever imagined.
“There’s no point in taking back control from Brussels only to hand it over to Beijing.”