In November, the Transport Select Committee published their findings on their inquiry on high speed rail.
They spent months gathering evidence, reading numerous submissions on high speed rail and HS2 in particular, and they questioned lots of oral witnesses in a number of separate sessions.
And at the end of it, the TSC concluded that there were a large number of major issues which still needed to be answered.
123. Many issues about the Government’s proposal for HS2 and about high-speed rail in general have been raised in the course of our inquiry. We have pointed to a number of areas that we believe need to be addressed by the Government in the course of progressing HS2. These include the provision of greater clarity on the policy context, the assessment of alternatives, the financial and economic case, the environmental impacts, connections to Heathrow and the justification for the particular route being proposed.
These aren’t about the details – although they had a number of concerns about those as well – but major questions which fundamentally affect the decision as to whether it is rational to continue with HS2.
We think – along with the many people who have contacted her – that the HS2 proposal is a bad proposal for the nation, and that the only rational decision is to cancel it as soon as possible.
As HS2 Ltd have been unable to provide the public with answers to these issues from the TSC – issues which should have been looked at before the HS2 proposal was made public in 2010 – we think Justine Greening knows the HS2 Ltd proposal is incredibly weak and that to spend £33 billion on it will provide little for the typical taxpayers who are expected to fund it.
If you agree that Justine Greening should cancel HS2, please get in touch with her, get in touch with your MP, and let them know that you think HS2 is a bad proposal for the country.
(Details on ways to contact Justine here and here.
Download our submission: Stop HS2 Submission to the TSC.)