For Immediate Release
Commenting on the leaked report from the independent review into HS2, Harry Fone, Grassroots Campaign Manager at the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:
"If these reports are true, this review is in danger of becoming a one-sided stitch up, resorting to old red herrings to keep plans to push ahead with HS2 on track.
"Despite admitting that the budget will have to increase yet again, as the official cost creeps ever nearer to £100 billion, it seems Mr Oakervee has chosen to go over old arguments rather than ask if this project really represents good value for taxpayers.
"With a likely cost-benefit ratio of less than one, the prime minister would do well to scrap this white elephant and use the money to fund big investment in regional transport projects instead."
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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.