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Is Greengauge 21 a lobby group?

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Greengauge 21 is ‘a not-for-profit company, reliant on its funders (who have very mainly been public sector authorities) to commission research, analysis and planning studies which it makes freely available. It does not engage in lobbying as Simon Jenkins’ Guardian article (6 June 2016) suggested’ (according to the Greengauge 21 blog).

Is Greengauge 21 a ‘group’, or is it ‘Jim Steer & Co’?

Is the High Speed Rail Industry Leaders Group still part of Greengauge 21?

Is HSRILG ‘not-for-profit’?

Does Greengauge 21 partake in what is commonly understood as ‘lobbying’?

And does Mr Steer derive a ‘pecuniary advantage’ from Greengauge 21, or not?

The meaning of 'to lobby'

edinburgh-council-hsr-reports-24-nov-2009The Railway Gazette described Greengauge 21 as a lobby group

[Greengauge 21, 10 June 2016]

Our influence, if any, has stemmed from the evidence we have presented.

Both the Westminster and Scottish governments have bought into Greengauge’s ‘evidence’. But how reliable is it?

In the Railway Gazette story above, Greengauge 21 claimed that a new high speed line from London to Manchester could be built for £19 billion, including optimism bias.

And its “analysis” of Anglo-Scottish high speed rail claimed that a Manchester – Scotland line had a benefit-cost ratio of 7.6.

Nonsense benefit cost evaluation of Manchester - Scotland high speed rail, produced by Greengauge 21


Written by beleben

June 15, 2016 at 10:38 am

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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  1. Greengauge 21 commissioned the discredited KPMG report on the economic impact of HS2.


    June 15, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    • The best-known most-discredited KPMG report – “HS2: The Regional Economic Impact” (September 2013) – was commissioned by central government. The February 2010 ‘High speed rail: Consequences for employment and economic growth’ was commissioned by Greengauge 21. The House of Commons Transport Committee paper HC 473 (2 March 2011) mentions what appears to be a third report, ‘High Speed Rail and supporting investments in the West Midlands: Consequences for employment and economic growth’, dated June 2010, commissioned by Centro. No-one seems to have ever seen the Centro report, but its name is similar to the Greengauge one.

      It seems that KPMG have been able to sell more-or-less the same content, three times over, with the public purse picking up the tab each time (Greengauge was largely funded by local government).


      June 15, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      • Yes, I was referring to the 2010 report, which forecast the loss of thousands of jobs in the East Midlands. The 2013 report seems to be a rehash of the same model with the parameters tweaked to give a positive result in the East Midlands. At a glance, the number of trains stopping at Toton was increased from 1 to 2 an hour. Thanks, Beleben.


        June 16, 2016 at 2:02 pm

  2. HS2 Ltd/DfT have taken so so much notice of these past reports / recommendations and the importance of the High Speed link from Glasgow/Edinburgh to Mcr. From Phase 1 and beyond, the current direct link from Scotland to Manchester Airport / Manchester will be removed from the West Coast route.
    Perhaps this will be used to justify the need for HS4 in 2050, by which time the HS2 costs should have been written off. The Scottish traveller will of course have access to HS2 CC trains down to Preston, Warrington and Crewe (or will these stops be ‘pick-up only’ when southbound??). He/she might not get to Mcr any faster than now but it will be partly on plush new trains, perhaps.


    June 22, 2016 at 12:09 pm

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