Don’t be wacko, listen to Jacco
Government figures for the HS2 high speed rail project just don’t add up, according to York University mathematical economics and operational research Professor Jacco Thijssen.
[Has the economic case for HS2 come off the rails?, York University, 16 February 2016]
An economist at York has developed a mathematical model to help politicians and policymakers decide whether to go ahead with expensive and time-consuming construction projects.
The model has applications for major infrastructure projects such as the controversial HS2 high speed rail link – and it concludes that the case for the multimillion pound north-south transport link just doesn’t add up.
“What we are doing at York in terms of mathematical modelling is far more advanced than anything that is currently available to the government or most of the private sector,” [Prof Thijssen] explains.