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

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'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.