Individuals Against HS2

There’s many people in the public eye who agree HS2 is a bad deal for Britain. Here are just a few of them……

Tim Leunig, London School of Economics

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The reality is that a new high speed train line is the sort of glamorous project that gets ministers lots of headlines, irrespective of the benefit to cost ratio. It is exactly the sort of project that should not go ahead if we are committed to evidence based policy making.

Archie Norman, ITV Chairman

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HS2 is the most extraordinarily expensive “grand project” and could cost every taxpaying household £1,000 each for something that will deliver no great value for nearly 20 years. Even then it will be of benefit to very few. It is based on the idea that we can be like the French, but this is not France. The likelihood of cost-overruns is high and the damage to countryside and communities certain and permanent. Scrap HS2 now and announce instead £17bn of spending – half the amount – to bring about the biggest improvement in history of Britain’s existing railway.

Edmund King, President of the AA

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If speed is not the over-riding factor then it seems that the Government is backing the wrong horse with HS2. This scheme will not provide best value for money. Spending the £34 billion cost on conventional rail upgrades, removing road bottlenecks, building bypasses and improving road maintenance would provide much better value for money.

James and Oliver Phelps, Harry Potter actors

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I am very ANTI HS2. Why not invest £32b into the lines already built. And not wreck our fantastic countryside. I think it’s pretty easy to see now the police and other emergency services need better funding not cut.

Janet Street Porter

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David Cameron said he profoundly believed it [HS2] was a good way of bringing the North and South closer together. I beg to differ. What will get our economy functioning again is far more prosaic – millions of tons of salt and grit applied to pavements and roads by council workers who are not being laid off.

Chris Tarrant

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This is, as usual, big business interests being allowed to trample all over everything in their path. Who needs this ridiculous sounding train anyway? I am totally opposed to it [HS2].

Marcus Brigstocke

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Of all things government can do to improve the railways, HS2 is 11,437th on the list. After mopping up vomit on platform 2 at Liverpool St.

Dom Joly

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We’re investing in the Walkman when the iPod’s already going.

Bill Oddie

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In case you are wondering what I think… HS2? No no no no no no no no no no no no no.

John Bishop

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HS2 is the wrong choice, other nations with HS trains have the space we don’t. Fast train vs NHS?

David Jason

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There will be huge opposition. What makes me laugh is the figure they gave of £33 billion. You know what will happen. It will be like all these projects. After a few years, they will say the cost has gone up to £40 billion, then it will be £60 billion. Eventually it will be £90 billion.

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