A wake-up call for the Department for Transport

22 January 2013: Leading Transport economists have written an open letter to the Secretary of State commented on in the Financial Times. It makes two key points:

First, that road transport growth is tailing off, and this is something that the Department for Transport has never forecast

Second, that the link between improved transport infrastructure and economic growth and more jobs can no longer be relied upon for the UK, which, as Eddington pointed out in 2006, is already well connected.

Hilary Wharf, Director of HS2AA said “ We welcome this input by the leading transport economists in the country. Their message has a clear implication for High Speed 2 – it is a railway to meet growth that isn’t happening, to create jobs that simply won’t exist.

It’s clearly time to cancel HS2 and concentrate on real problems that need real solutions – not continue to waste money on a vanity project that has a wish list instead of a business case”.

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Note to Editors:

HS2 Action Alliance is a national organisation making the powerful case against HS2. It is a not for profit organisation working with over 70 local groups, who all believe HS2 does not represent an effective answer to the UK’s transport, economic or environmental needs.

The open letter to the Secretary of State can be read here.

For more information please contact:

Richard Houghton Tel: 07803 178 037 Email: richardwhoughton@gmail.com This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bruce Weston 01494 868 288 Email: bruceweston@hs2actionalliance.org This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.