'No convincing case' for HS2

The HS2 high-speed rail project has come under renewed attack by MPs on the Commons public accounts committee, who have accused the Department of Transport of failing to present a "convincing strategic case" for the £50 billion investment.

Adonis: 'Act of national self-mutilation to cancel HS2'

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:

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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

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HS2 also frees up capacity on existing lines for new freight, local and regional services - not just inter-city passengers who benefit

MPs call for more evidence to back HS2 investment

MPs from the Commons public accounts committee have called for the Department of Transport to provide more detailed evidence to support the estimated £50 billion investment. Presenting the committee's findings, chairperson Marget Hodge said:

The pattern so far has been for costs to spiral - from more than £16 billion to £21 billion plus for phase one - and the estimated benefits to dwindle.

In my committee's experience, not allowing enough time for preparation undermines projects from the start.

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Transport Secretary: Case for HS2 'absolutely clear'

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has rejected the findings of the Commons public accounts committee, which criticised the costs and benefits of the HS2 high-speed rail network.

Read: Public spending watchdog attacks HS2 rail project

Mr McLoughlin said without HS2 key rail routes would be 'overwhelmed' by rising passenger numbers. Credit: Press Association.

Mr McLoughlin said the case for the £50 billion project was "absolutely clear," as rail routes would be "overwhelmed" by rising passenger numbers. He said:

"The project will free up vital space on our railways for passengers and freight, generate hundreds of thousands of jobs and deliver better connections between our towns and cities.

"HS2 is a vital part of our plan to give Britain the transport infrastructure it needs to compete.

HS2 'based on fragile numbers and out-of-date info'

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.

More: Business chiefs slam HS2 'folly'

Public spending watchdog attacks HS2 rail project

The HS2 high-speed rail project has come under renewed attack by the Commons public accounts committee, who have accused the Department of Transport of failing to present a "convincing strategic case" for the £50 billion project.

The high-speed rail project has come under fresh attack from the Commons public accounts commitee

The public spending watchdog raised a number of questions about the apparent benefits and warned the costs were spiralling.

More: Institute of Directors pulls support for HS2 rail link