This week, the Government is set to make a fightback on HS2, focussing on a speech from Patrick McLoughlin MP on Wednesday. On Friday we got a taste of what to expect. With nowhere else to go to try and make HS2 sound better, KPMG were paid by Centro (because that’s the only way you can get an economist to say HS2 is a good idea) to come up with a report saying that the rivers will flow with milk and honey, saying HS2 would mean £4bn/year for the West Midlands economy. Of course the report itself which says how that happens, almost certainly by moving jobs around the country and having to pay for a load more stuff not included in the HS2 bill, is nowhere to be seen.
Obviously the Public Accounts Committee will give HS2 another kicking on Monday, but come Wednesday expect more of this, coupled with the idea that HS2 will solve all the capacity constraints on the UK rail network. BBC Midlands Today took this news to commuters at Moor Street Station, and they weren’t buying it.