The IEA's [Institute of Economic Affairs] study is the most hard-hitting attack on the project by an independent group so far.
The crescendo of opposition to this project is just getting louder and louder and the government is still not listening.We've long suspected that the only people pushing for this vanity project are those with vested interests.
The IEA report is clear - that councils and chambers of commerce in cities which will get stations, along with the firms which will get billions of pounds from building HS2, are the only ones lobbying for HS2.
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