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High-speed group hits back at critical HS2 report

The High Speed Rail Industry Leaders group (HSRIL) has criticised a report by the Greater London Authority Conservatives which argues that Phase 1 of HS2 should be scrapped in favour of Northern Powerhouse Rail and Crossrail 2.

The report says the main arguments for HS2 - capacity, economic growth, reduced journey times and environmental benefits - are “flawed”.

London Assembly member Tony Arbour said HS2’s costs are “indefensible” and that the project is set to “wreak environmental damage across swathes of London”.

He added: “The Government is entirely right to review this project, and I sincerely hope that they conclude that the eye-watering amount of money earmarked for HS2 would be better spent on alternative transport infrastructure projects.

“By investing in both Crossrail 2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, the Government could achieve so much more for less, both in terms of connectivity and growth.”

In a statement, HSRIL said: "We wholeheartedly support Lord Adonis’ assertion that you cannot pull up by the roots the delivery of a major infrastructure project agreed by both of the major parties."

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 888, published on September 25, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from September 21.

  • For an EXCLUSIVE Analysis of HS2 by Jim Steer, read RAIL 888, published on September 25, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from September 21.

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