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HS2 remains a solution looking for a problem

Anthony May, OBE, Emeritus, professor of transport engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2
13 September 2019
Are the cranes in Birmingham really a sign of HS2’s regenerative powers, asks Tony May
Are the cranes in Birmingham really a sign of HS2’s regenerative powers, asks Tony May

 

I have considerable respect for Jim Steer’s contributions to transport policy, but I must take issue with his panegyric for HS2 (‘Scrapping HS2 will delay benefits for North’ LTT 30 Aug).  

The heading of his article suggests that his main argument concerns the potential for rebalancing the UK’s economy (The heading was written by LTT?– Ed). He himself accepts that “the evidence from Europe on such effects is mixed”. In practice research in France...

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