Quick straw poll – who wants HS2? A lone hand rises. Who wants HS3? The hands fly up #NorthernPowerhouse
— Nikki Scrivener (@MrsScriv) April 28, 2015
As the election draws near, politicians are promising goodies like an indulgent grandma handing out sweets from the treat jar. One of these “sweets” is the £50bn HS2.
However, HS2 is way down the list of “sweets” that people want: the recent Comres poll showed it was bottom of the list for 43% of voters.
While HS2 is sometimes touted by its proponents as needed to reduce the north-south divide, few people agree.
At event this morning organised by Insider Media, (just like at the Lords’ Economics Affairs Committee) when asked people in the north think east-west links – the so-called HS3 – is far more important.