A CAMPAIGN group’s call to scrap the HS2 high speed rail project has provoked a furious backlash from the Yorkshire business community.
The Taxpayers’ Alliance has today published a new report warning that the cost of HS2 is soaring and claiming it will not deliver the economic benefits to the North that have been promised.
The first phase of HS2 will connect London and Birmingham with the second phase seeing eastern and western ‘legs’ going north to Manchester and Yorkshire.
Proposed changes to HS2 rail’s West Yorkshire route put to public
The developers of the HS2 high speed rail link are holding a drop-in session in a West Yorkshire village over a proposed change of route.
The company is planning to change the line in South Yorkshire to run next to the M18 motorway and to include a stop in Sheffield city centre.
As a result the line would enter West Yorkshire further east, closer to Wakefield.
A meeting is being held by HS2 Ltd in Hemsworth for newly affected residents.
In his report outlining the change, David Higgins, chairman, of HS2 Ltd, said the new route would cut journey times as well as reducing costs by £1bn.
“I also recognise that this proposal will create fresh uncertainty for some residents along the M18/Eastern route,” he said.
“I apologise for that and will do all I can to ensure that their questions and concerns are addressed as quickly as possible.”
Tom Richmond: Time £750,000 high-speed rail chief faces the public
IF HS2 chief executive Simon Kirby is worth £750,000 a year, it is time that Britain’s highest paid civil servant started earning his salary.
It means getting out of his London bunker, meeting more people directly affected by the construction of the high-speed rail network and answering direct questions about the UK’s largest infrastructure project.
Long before Ministers, I recognised that Britain required a major new railway to connect core cities, with this dedicated line allowing more provincial services to operate on regional routes.