Responding to the speech by Chris Grayling where he argues the case for HS2 is stronger than ever,John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, says:
"Despite assertions to the contrary, the arguments for HS2 remain incredibly weak. HS2 offers appalling value for money and there are many more worthwhile projects that ought to be funded instead. The business case is based on absurd assumptions and it completely ignores the potential of disruptive technologies like driverless cars which could deliver extra capacity at a fraction of the cost for hard-pressed taxpayers. HS2 needs to be consigned to the scrapheap before any more taxpayers’ money is wasted."