TPA backs Lords report calling for a 'rethink' of HS2

Embargoed: 00:01 Thursday 16th May 

Responding to a report published today by the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, which calls on the government to rethink HS2, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance said:

"We have long argued that HS2 is a waste of taxpayers' money, and it's good to see the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee make those same arguments in their report out today. Instead of spending £56 billion on a vanity project, the government should heed our recent report and look at the many excellent alternatives on offer. Taxpayers are demanding more for their money, so it's now time to scrap this white elephant in favour of some popular and positive alternatives."

On Tuesday, former Cabinet Minister David Davis MP launched a TPA report detailing 28 local and national transport infrastructure projects that could be funded if High Speed 2 (HS2) was scrapped.

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Chloe Westley

Campaign Manager, TaxPayers' Alliance
chloe.westley@taxpayersalliance.com
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Notes to editors:

  1. 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.
  2. TaxPayers' Alliance's advisory council.
  3. On Tuesday former Cabinet Minister David Davis MP launched a TPA report detailing 28 local and national transport infrastructure projects that could be funded if High Speed 2 (HS2) was scrapped.