Embargoed: 00:01 24th January 2020
Commenting on the National Audit Office (NAO) report on the costs of HS2, Harry Fone, grassroots campaign manager at the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:
"These findings come as no surprise to those who have long been saying that HS2 is coming off the rails.
"Clearly costs have spiralled out of control and poor management means the project will never be completed on time or on budget.
"But there must be light at the end of the tunnel for taxpayers. If the PM makes the obvious decision and scraps HS2, there are many alternative projects on the table that will benefit the whole country."
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Founded in 2004 by Matthew Elliott and Andrew Allum, and now with 80,000 supporters, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) fights to reform taxes, reduce spending and protect taxpayers. Find out more about the TaxPayers' Alliance at www.taxpayersalliance.com.
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- The TaxPayers' Alliance has previously estimated the cost of HS2 at between £90.8 billion and £99.9 billion (February 2017).
- The TaxPayers' Alliance launched The Great British Transport Competition to find alternative transport infrastructure projects that deliver better value for money.