From the HS2 Consultation documents:
The questions on which the Government is seeking views are set out below. In each case, the Government is interested in whether or not you agree with its proposals and why, as well as any additional evidence that you feel it should consider in reaching its final decisions.
iii) This question is about how to deliver the Government’s proposed network (Chapter 3):
Do you agree with the Government’s proposals for the phased roll-out of a national high speed rail network, and for links to Heathrow Airport and the High Speed 1 line to the Channel Tunnel?
A valid case for investment in a high speed rail network has not been made by the Government.
Alternative improvements to the railway system – such as Rail Package 2 – would not require phasing, because they cost such a small amount of money in comparison to the £33 billion the government propose to spend on building HS2 to Manchester and Leeds.
Stop HS2’s answer to this question is “no”.