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Memo to Boris: scrap the monumental waste that is HS2

Paul Withrington, Director, Transport-Watch, Northampton, NN2
02 August 2019
 

In LTT 19 July we have Lord Berkeley’s allegation of an HS2 cover-up (‘Berkeley alleges cover up at HS2, as MD of phase one quits’). How right he is. HS2 is a vast project likely to make a financial loss in the hundreds of billions of pounds. It has been sold to politicians via analysis that we believe amounts to malfeasance in public office. Here are some of our reasons.

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