- 12 updates
The former Labour Transport Secretary Lord Adonis has hit back at the criticism of the Government's HS2 rail plans by MPs on the public accounts committee:
The Commons public accounts committee has issued a withering assessment of the HS2 high-speed rail project, warning costs were spiralling whilst benefits were dwindling.
The committee said the case for the £50 billion project was based on "fragile numbers, out-of-date data and assumptions which do not reflect real life" with no evidence it would aid regional economies not simply "suck" even more activity into London.
It has demanded an urgent explanation of how quickly the Department of Transport could plug the "significant" gaps in the commercial and major project expertise in its teams.
Latest ITV News reports
HS2 could deliver £1.3 billion boost for the region, a new report out today shows