TaxPayers’ Alliance calls for review of ‘£104bn’ HS2

Campaigners are urging the government to put the HS2 rail project on hold so that an urgent review can be carried out into the scheme’s cost.

John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA), has asked the transport select committee to launch a “comprehensive review” of the project.

His demand follows the revelation by The Sunday Times that HS2 could cost more than £400m per mile, making it the world’s costliest railway. Including extensions to Manchester and Leeds, the scheme could cost £104bn, according to Michael Byng, who devised the standard method used by Network Rail to cost its projects.

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