A YouGov poll shows that cuts to funding on a high speed rail project like HS2 is more popular then continuing to fund it.
The poll was commissioned by the TaxPayers Alliance earlier this week, and looked at several different possible cuts. One suggestion was to cancel funding of a “a new high speed rail line between London and Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester”.
Of those polled, 48% said they would support a decision to cancel funding for the proposed high speed rail line between London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester, only 34% would oppose such a decision.
Cancelling funding to HS2 was particularly popular in Scotland, where only 1 in 5 would object.
As Matthew Sinclair, Director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said
“Ordinary families are facing higher taxes and huge pressure on their finances, but the Government are wasting billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money. The public support alternatives that would blunt the need for some particularly painful measures and make room for lower taxes. There is strong support for cutting expensive projects like high speed rail, which they don’t see as the right use of their cash.