TPA welcomes the announcement of the independent review of HS2

For Immediate Release

  • TPA has long called for the project to be scrapped
  • The campaign group strongly welcomes this effort to shine a light on the true costs of HS2
  • Strong review team includes Lord Berkeley, who sat on the TPA's Great British Transport Competition panel

The government today (Wednesday, 21st August 2019) announced the terms of reference for the independent review of HS2. Also confirmed were the members of the review panel, which will be led by Doug Oakervee. Lord Berkeley, who sat on the TaxPayers' Alliance's Great British Transport Competition panel, deputises, while other experts with a level-headed approach to HS2 will also join the review team.

The review is expected to publish its final report in the autumn.

The TPA has been a leading group in the campaign to scrap HS2. Most recently, it published the final results of the Great British Transport Competition, a report detailing 28 local and national transport infrastructure projects that could be funded if High Speed 2 (HS2) was scrapped.

Launched by former Cabinet Minister David Davis MP, the report details a range of projects across the country that are less glamorous but could do wonders for growth in the regions.

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 news that the government will conduct a full review. This is a sign that the government is willing to be bold and think seriously before spending taxpayers' money on a white elephant. Brits need new world-class infrastructure that will make us competitive, but it's vital that taxpayers get value for their hard-earned cash, too."

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Media contact:

James Roberts
Political Director, TaxPayers' Alliance
[email protected]
24-hour media hotline: 07795 084 113 (no texts)

  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
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