The opportunity to think again

The latest update of why HS2 is not in the national interest  and our blow by blow account of the flaws in the business case has been sent to the new Secretary of State in a letter explaining why we think it’s not value for money. This now includes the latest attempts by DfT to get the answers they want by still using the outdated forecast model contrary even to their own guidance updates, devaluing the countryside in their assessment, and still ignoring fundamental issues on pricing, how people use their time on trains, and the alternatives. Hilary Wharf said ‘We hope Patrick Mcloughlin will take a fresh look at just what his department is signing up to. You can’t keep ignoring the inconvenient truth or it has a habit of catching up – whether in the ballot box, the courts or the media. This is the opportunity to think again

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