No sound reason whatever for HS2

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[Department for Transport, HS2 phase one, accounting officer assessment of 23 July 2019, VfM (extract)]

The value-for-money case for the HS2 programme compared against alternative schemes remained compelling. For Phase One in isolation, measuring cost to go against the funding envelope produced a BCR of between 0.9 and 1.0 including WEIs; this is considered ‘poor’ value for money.

However, the enabling nature of the Phase One scheme means that the value for money position for the ‘Full Y’ HS2 scheme remained intact.

Despite this, the value for money category fell to ‘low’ (BCR of 1.3 including WEIs).

And this:

HS2 Ltd. is continuing to fail the environment with a catalogue of errors growing longer all the time says the Woodland Trust.

As the Court of Appeal deliberates on Chris Packham’s request for a judicial review of the Government’s decision to green light the project, the Trust has issued a list of some of HS2 Ltd’s biggest failings around ancient woodland so far and says there needs to be a real step change, not just on the current Phase 1 from London to Birmingham where ancient woodland has already been chopped down during the lockdown, but also on Phases 2a and 2b to Crewe, Manchester and Leeds where there is still time to do the right thing.

Or this:

5 comments for “No sound reason whatever for HS2

  1. FrankH
    July 28, 2020 at 9:33 am

    Let’s assume it comes in only moderately over budget (moderately for government work) at £130 billion. That’s £2,000 for every man, woman and child in the country.

    Hands up all those who would willingly pay £2,000 so that rich people can get from Birmingham to London a few minutes quicker? If it’s such a good idea it would be easy to get private financing for it. If nobody but government wants to finance it, that’s because it’s terrible value for money, i.e. the money would be better spent elsewhere, or not spent at all.

  2. john in cheshire
    July 28, 2020 at 11:27 am

    How many times do our servants have to be told that they must cancel this project, before they do as they are told?

    But they don’t care what we think and assume we have no power to stop them.

    They are throwing around money (currency) that they don’t have with gay abandon; even down to this ridiculous decision to encourage people to visit the doctors for a prescription for a bicycle.

    I suppose that we’ll have to wait until December 31 and we are completely free from the EU chains ( always assuming they aren’t going to renege on that promise too) before we can see moves to get rid of them.

  3. July 28, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    Yes. Sigh.

  4. The Jannie
    July 28, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    This amounts to 1/Beeching. Then they shut railways we now need to save money we didn’t have: now they’re intent on building a railway we don’t need with money we don’t have..

  5. Valentine Gray
    July 28, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    HS2 is simply an “OBSCENITY”

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