Good case for HS2

9 November 2011

The UK House of Commons Transport Committee said yesterday that there was a good case for the High Speed Two (HS2) north-south rail link. The GBP 32bn (USD 51.4bn) project will connect London to the West Midlands and then further north if plans go ahead.

“The UK is sometimes accused of failing to invest sufficiently in its transport infrastructure and of not planning for the long term,” said the report. “Whether or not this is accurate, the Government is now proposing what is probably the largest single investment in UK transport infrastructure in modern times—HS2. Unlike policies for major roads and airports, this proposal has all-party support. It is not, however, universally supported by Members of Parliament or the public.”

The report added that the route must be extended to Leeds and Manchester, as well as setting out a number of other conditions including full case assessments for the project to be carried out urgently.

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