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:
It would be an act of national self-mutilation to cancel HS2: http://t.co/BGz3wfNVt9
To get just 2/3 of the rail capacity increase of HS2 by upgrading existing lines costs more in cash terms than HS2 - it is best value option
HS2 also frees up capacity on existing lines for new freight, local and regional services - not just inter-city passengers who benefit
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The committee said the case for the £50 billion project was based on "fragile numbers, out-of-date data and assumptions which do not reflect real life" with no evidence it would aid regional economies not simply "suck" even more activity into London.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.