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HSRILG connected or notThe ‘High Speed Rail Industry Leaders Group’, an offshoot of Jim Steer’s high speed rail lobbying company Greengauge 21, has detailed ‘the impact to Britain if High Speed 2 is derailed’, it claims.

[‘Industry warns of stifled Britain without HS2’, High Speed Rail Industry Leaders Group, 3 March 2014]

‘Great Britain: connected or not?’, which was developed by the HSR Industry Leaders Group, outlines how failing to build HS2 will leave a clogged Britain, unable to meet its full potential, lagging behind the rest of the world in terms of infrastructure development.
Jim Steer, Director of Greengauge 21 and founding member of HSRILG, said:

“HS2 is a project that will build a bright future for Great Britain. With the Bill for the first stage of the route now before Parliament, we felt it important to set out the hugely positive difference this project will make. To bring to life its contribution, we considered this question: what would be the most likely outcome should it be cancelled? Thinking this through it became clear to all of us that walking away from HS2 is a risk that Britain just cannot afford to take.”

What Steve Scrimshaw probably meant to say

So far as can be ascertained, companies become members of HSRILG by paying money to “not for profit” Greengauge 21 (which is controlled by Jim Steer). What the membership fees are, hasn’t been disclosed. One of the curious things about ILG being ‘concerned’ about British jobs and skills, is that all but one of its member companies are based overseas. The current rail manufacturing members of ILG — Alstom and Siemens — manufacture no trains in Britain at all.


Written by beleben

March 3, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS1, HS2

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