£4.5 billion - could introduce superfast fibre optic broadband across the country, which would boost business, reduce pressure on transport and protect British infrastructure.
£2 billion - to make cities outside London better for cycling and walking.
HS2 is the largest transport investment in the UK's history. At the moment it amounts to a £33 billion gamble.Our research shows the Government is backing the wrong horse. Instead of pouring billions of pounds into a single line that will take 20 years to complete we should be spreading our bets on a wider range of transport investments that offer better value for money.
The Government says HS2 is needed to boost transport capacity and make the country a more prosperous place.
- The New Economics Foundation argues that demand for HS2 has been 'over-estimated'.
An influential group of MPs says the DfT has failed to present 'a convincing strategic case' for HS2.
Campaigners say they hope to put plans for HS2 through the Midlands back to square one as they prepare to go to the High Court tomorrow.
Campaigners from HS2 Action Alliance are heading to London tomorrow to take on the Government at the Court of Appeal.