Last week the Yorkshire Post published the results of their survey, conducted with Naborro, of Yorkshire businesses and their views of HS2. As the Yorkshire Post said
SMALL and medium-sized businesses in Yorkshire have delivered a resounding rejection of key Government arguments for HS2.
Damning new research shows the scale of the task facing ministers in keeping the £50bn project on track.
Findings reveal a lack of business appetite, a mistrust of the supposed economic benefits for the North, demand for construction to begin at both ends and desire for alternative investment in existing infrastructure.
The report says
Against this background, we sought to learn whether business believed that the HS2 project would actually go ahead, and whether there was a strong appetite for HS2 amongst the business community if it did.
When asked about their attitude to HS2, only 34% were positively disposed to it, 54% were negative towards it, and 12% were indifferent.
Some other findings from the report:
- 58% of small and medium businesses did not want HS2 to happen
- 62% said Yorkshire did not need HS2
- 59% said HS2 will not benefit the North
- 63% said HS2 was “simply extending the commuter belt for London”
- 88% of respondents thought that cancelling HS2 would not result in economic loss for their business.
- 69% of respondents said they did not think that the lack of a dedicated high speed rail north of London would put the UK at a competitive disadvantage.
The report itself can be downloaded from http://www.nabarro.com/downloads/HS2_Yorkshire_Business_Survey.pdf