Government defends HS2 scheme despite new report

The Government has robustly defended the case for a High Speed rail line despite the publication of a new report suggesting the estimated economic benefits had reduced.

The expected benefit-cost ratio of the HS2 was revised down in the report by the scheme's promoters.

However, the Transport Secretary said the controversial scheme would become the new "backbone of Britain".

ITV News' Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports:

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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.