TaxPayers' Alliance: Economic case for HS2 isn’t credible

Matthew Sinclair, director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, comments on high speed rail
Matthew Sinclair, director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, comments on high speed rail

Matthew Sinclair, director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, comments on high speed rail:

"It is extremely disappointing that the Government is pressing ahead with plans for a new high speed rail line that will cost taxpayers a fortune. The economic case for the new line just isn’t credible and ministers still aren’t being honest about the hidden costs, or the consequences for towns getting a worse service and passengers paying higher fares under their current plans.

"There has never been a proper consideration of strategic alternatives that could deliver greater capacity more quickly and without the enormous bill. This white elephant will mean a faster journey for a fortunate few but at an enormous cost to the rest of us; it should be abandoned before too much money has been wasted."

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