Stop HS2 have launched a new briefing paper at a fringe meeting at Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham. The paper will be circulated to all MPs and Lords following party conferences, and collates many of the arguments against HS2, along with the well-founded criticism of the project which has been raised by independent bodies.
The title of the document, ‘The HS2 Paradox’ is inspired by a statement from Treasury Select Committee chair Andrew Tyrie MP, which Stop HS2 campaigners feel perfectly sums up the situation with HS2, in that “HS2 has the weakest economic case of all the projects within the infrastructure programme, yet it is being pushed through with the most enthusiasm.”
Introducing the briefing, Stop HS2 Campaign Manager Joe Rukin said:
“Over the last six years the criticism of HS2 has been never-ending, and what we wanted to do is remind politicians of all the arguments which have been made for HS2 that have been shot down in flames over the years. Whether it be about capacity, regional regeneration, the business case or the green credentials, all the arguments for HS2 are built on sand. With seemingly never ending cost increases and descoping of the project, the people who are making the decisions need to be reminded just how bad that case is, before they commit us to this grand folly.”
Penny Gaines, Stop HS2 Chair, added:
“HS2 is simply not the right solution to the nation’s infrastructure needs, as has been shown time and time again. We have spent a long time collating the arguments against HS2, and it is remarkable how much we’ve had to leave out to get it all into one simple document. The weight of evidence is clear, HS2 should be cancelled immediately, or we will be lumbered with a project that will suck up transport investment for 20 years and delivers very little benefit.”