Public Accounts Committee report is a devastating blow to HS2

September 09, 2013 8:13 AM

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report High Speed 2: a review of early programme preparation is a devastating critique of the flawed rail project. We have consistently campaigned against HS2 since it was first proposed.Our previous  research has highlighted many of the issues mentioned in the PAC report including the weak business case, hidden costs and absurd assumptions about the value of time spent working on trains.

The TPA will soon publish new research analysing the progress of HS2 and the inherent problems with the project.

Previous research includes:

The TPA has produced a series of campaign videos about the cost of HS2 and hosted a conference about cancelling the line.

Responding to the publication of the report, Matthew Sinclair, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said:

“This devastating report should set the alarm bells ringing at full volume inside the Treasury and the Department for Transport. The business case for HS2 is weaker than ever and the Public Accounts Committee could barely be more damning in its criticism of a project whose value is unproven but which will cost every family in the country thousands of pounds.“Week by week, the calls to ditch this project are getting louder and the sooner that the Government shunts this white elephant into the sidings for good, the better for the taxpayers who will otherwise be saddled with an eye-watering bill.”

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