Camden: HS2 report 'wild claims'

David Cameron has pledged a "fightback" on the HS2 rail link between London and cities in the Midlands and north of England after a barrage of criticism cast doubt on the project's future. Camden Council say a new report is made up of 'wild claims'.

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Wild claims in HS2 report 'robbing Peter to pay Paul'

This report makes the wild claim that HS2 could support national output of £5bn growth a year. In Camden alone we estimate the bricks and mortar impact of HS2 to be £1bn.

If this national embarrassment of a scheme goes ahead as planned, the impact to businesses lost in Camden, as the railway is constructed could cost up to £5bn. This is robbing Peter to pay Paul economics.

– Councillor Sarah Hayward, Leader of Camden Council

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HS2 the 'bypass' for Britain's 'clogged' transport system

Britain's transport system will become "clogged" without HS2 and suffer under swelling passenger numbers, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin will say in a speech later today.

The reason we need HS2 isn't for its speed, though speed is obviously a benefit. HS2 will allow you to get from Birmingham to Leeds in 57 minutes and from Manchester to London in 68.

The benefits of faster journeys are easy to explain. But speed is not the main reason for building the new railway.

The main reason we need HS2 is as a heart bypass for the clogged arteries of our transport system

– Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin

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