Today, the Conservative party has launched their manifesto, and with reference to HS2 have stated:
“Investing in transport We are working through one of the largest-ever investment programmes in our roads and railways, putting some £40 billion into transport improvements across the United Kingdom over the rest of this decade. We are investing to reduce travel time and cost, increase capacity and attract investment here in the UK. We will continue our programme of strategic national investments, including High Speed 2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and the expansion of Heathrow Airport – and we will ensure that these great projects do as much as possible to develop the skills and careers of British workers.”
Additionally, the manifesto states:
“We will focus on creating extra capacity on the railways, which will ease overcrowding, bring new lines and stations, and improve existing routes – including for freight. We will increase services on our main lines and commuter routes, and launch new services to places which are poorly served or host major new housing projects.”
The thing is, this has come at the same time as Chancellor Philip Hammond ‘forgot’ just how much HS2 would cost. He clearly hasn’t paid any attention to HS2 since he was Secretary of State for Transport in charge of HS2, as in an interview with the Today Programme he seemed to think the official cost now is still the same as it was then, just £32 billion……..