POLICY WIN: TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to the partial cancellation of HS2

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Harry Fone, grassroots campaign manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance said:

“Taxpayers will be relieved that a big chunk of the HS2 white elephant has finally been scrapped. 

“HS2 has been a complete disaster with costs soaring, timescales slipping and billions of pounds wasted. 

“At long last ministers have heeded our calls and taken a step in the right direction, replacing a part of this pie-in-the-sky project with hundreds of transport upgrades. 

“The government is right to reallocate money to regional rail connectivity which should bring real benefits for millions of Brits. 

“Boris should now bite the bullet and go further. By scrapping the project entirely, the PM could save a small fortune and offer infrastructure upgrades across the whole country.”


TPA spokespeople are available for live and pre-recorded broadcast interviews via 07795 084 113 (no texts)

Media contact:

Danielle Boxall
Media Campaign Manager, TaxPayers' Alliance
[email protected]
24-hour media hotline: 07795 084 113 (no texts)


Notes to editors:

  1. Founded in 2004 by Matthew Elliott and Andrew Allum, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) campaigns to reform taxes and public services, cut waste and speak up for British taxpayers. Find out more at www.taxpayersalliance.com.

  2. TaxPayers' Alliance's advisory council.

  3. In February 2017 the TaxPayers' Alliance estimated the cost of HS2 at between £90.8 billion and £99.9 billion

  4. In May 2019 the TaxPayers' Alliance published The Great British Transport Competition which listed 28 transport infrastructure projects that deliver better value for money than HS2. Several of these projects, such as Midland Main Line electrification and the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne railway, were announced by the government today.

  5. In February 2020, the TaxPayers’ Alliance warned prime minister Boris Johnson that the costs of HS2 were likely to soar and the entire project should be scrapped.
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