Government creating 'fake boogeyman' over HS2

Robert Oxley, campaign manager for the Taxpayers' Alliance, believes the Government is "cherry-picking" its figures for HS2 and is creating a "fake boogeyman" by claiming that the alternative - upgrading the current network - would mean years of disruption.

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HS2 predicted benefit falls

The expected benefit-cost ratio of the HS2 has been revised down in the Government's latest report, falling from £2.50 benefit for every pound spent to £2.30.