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New Report Criticises Proposed Rail Link

Wednesday June 19 2013


HS2: Are you in favour? HS2: Are you in favour?


A REPORT on the HS2 has concluded that the demand for the high-speed rail link has been 'overestimated'.

The report, from the New Economics Foundation (NEF), said the £33bn predicted cost doesn't offer value for money.

The evidence that HS2 would promote economic growth was 'limited', it said, and claimed the government are backing the wrong horse when the money could be spent on more worthwhile things.

David Theiss from the NEF, said: "At the moment, it amounts to a £33bn gamble. Instead of pouring billions into a single line that'll take 20 years to complete, we should spread our bets on a wider range of transport investments."

What do you think? Are you in favour of HS2? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by nab on Wednesday June 19 2013 at 12:18
it is a waste of money how many 1 bedroom houses can we build with half of that witch will create jobs and bring in income for local councils

Reply Posted by Jamie on Wednesday June 19 2013 at 12:50
Why would the council build one bedroom houses? They make too much money from the bedroom tax off of people who can't find a smaller house.

Reply Posted by Graham Woodcock on Wednesday June 19 2013 at 14:08
Yes HSR for France, Spain, etc. which is a 14 hr drive North to South makes sense, but from Leeds to London what a crock of sh@t, our cities are not far enough apart to warrant it. Come on transport dept. own up to it, its an expensive luxury that wont benefit us.

Reply Posted by Gary on Saturday June 22 2013 at 13:15
what a waste of money, would save 30 mins off a journey, no benefits to Barnsley whatsoever. Just misery for the towns people it would effect, drop in property prices etc, plus unknown geological problems upsetting old mine workings across the area. It would cross 3 old mines in the Hoyland area alone.

Reply Posted by John on Saturday June 22 2013 at 14:16
Put it underground we don't want to see it, plus how many people really travel to London from the north everyday

Reply Posted by Grim on Saturday June 22 2013 at 14:40
The only people who benefit from this venture are the money laden politicians who no doubt will make money from companies they are attached to. Those companies will be southern based and the workers southern too. Once built it will allow even more London terraced house owners upgrade to mini mansions up in the North. Win win for the southerners and nothing for us as per usual.

Reply Posted by stevo on Sunday June 23 2013 at 21:53
exactamundo, will bring NOTHING to Yorkshire and the town in particular, apart from mass displacement, misery and have a massive effect on house prices.
nothing in it for "us" tell em to stick it!

Reply Posted by les on Wednesday June 26 2013 at 20:34
I hope they do build it because i would love to know what comes next.
Obama develops a 12 " penis.
Cameron comes out of the closet
and the chancellor admits hes a transvestite what could be better news.
the h s 2 within a few months was going to be 1 billion more expensive
now its going to be 10 billion more costly.
His most. duty bound cock up is to cut 10 billion of spending cuts to councils etc.
If this govement. Knows what there doing
there doing a teriffic job.
If they dont know what there doing.
Were all f*+:*d