Think Hinkley is an expensive white elephant? Not compared with HS2 | Nils Pratley

Think Hinkley is an expensive white elephant? Not compared with HS2 | Nils Pratley

The Treasury select committee’s chair is right to say HS2 has the weakest economic case of all the major infrastructure projects

It was a good day to query the government’s use of flimsy statistics to justify massive infrastructure projects. After Hinkley, we’re on to Heathrow’s third runway and HS2 – and Andrew Tyrie, chairman of the Treasury select committee, is unhappy on both fronts.

On airports, he still hasn’t had a reply to five requests for more detailed disclosures of the assumptions used in the Airports Commission’s final report. But his bigger beef is with the high-speed railway. “HS2 has the weakest economic case of all the projects within the infrastructure programme, yet it is being pushed through with the most enthusiasm,” he says. He’s right.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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