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HS2 under fire again - this time from Treasury Committee report

8th October 2013


Image of one of the new HS2 terminals

Image of one of the new HS2 terminals

BELEAGUERED high-speed rail project HS2 has faced yet more criticism, this time from an influential committee of MPs.

Members of the Treasury Committee have expressed serious doubts about whether the project - which would link Birmingham and London via 225mph high-speed trains from 2026 and bring Leeds and Manchester into the loop six years later - offers value for money.

The Government says it remains committed to the project but criticism - usually centred around the potential for spiralling costs and questions abo......for the full story register now for free or login below...

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HS2 is the wrong solution to a real capacity problem. Magtrac is a low cost alternative to HS2 that is worth looking at. Itís a proposal for an engineering upgrade to existing lines that would increase their capacity without compromising on safety. For details visit

Bill Courtney

David's comments and those of the Treasury Committee echo those I made some months ago. For goodness sake let's stop playing BumbleBee football and get down to the basics i.e. what other options (routes, speeds, stopping places etc.) have been fully considered and then rejected in favour of the current proposal? Disclosure of this information will then either allay the growing body of fears or just go to prove that the government is a one trip pony!

Martin Chambers

This project failed at the first hurdle - transparency. Which other possible routes were considered and why were they rejected? For example, the M! runs along the spine of the country and could reach Leeds / Sheffield long before this timetable. .Above all, the route is now known, so it should be subject to a public examination before any further decisions / expenditure is undertaken.

David Deanshaw

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