Stop HS2 have reacted to news that the China Railway Construction Corporation has offered to build HS2.
In a letter sent at the end of January to HS2 chief executive Mark Thurston, the Chinese firm offered to build “significantly lower than the projections we have seen”: with credible estimates of up to £106bn being discussed in the Oakervee review, it is not clear which projections the firm are referring to. The letter says that they would be able to offer funding of “up to 80% of the project value”.
Joe Rukin, campaign manager for Stop HS2, said
“The idea that the Chinese might be involved with HS2 should fill everyone with dread, as their high speed network has been beset with severe safety issues and corruption. Things are that bad that they not only buried the crashed train when 40 people died at Wenzhou, but their former rail minister was handed a death sentence for taking $250m in bribes. Right now, HS2 Ltd pay disungenuous lip-service to the environment and communitues, but if the Chinese are running the thing we won’t even get that.”
The letter can be viewed here: hs2letterfrom16thbureau