Leading the way in misinformation
One of the most active purveyors of HS2 misinformation is the ‘High Speed Rail Industry Leaders Group’, which was set up by Greengauge 21. A recent example of HSRILG nonsense was: ‘British companies won 95% of contracts on Crossrail, the same can happen with HS2.’
On its website, Crossrail Ltd does claim ‘that 95% of contracts have been awarded to companies based within the UK’.
But what does it mean?
So far as can be established, it doesn’t mean anything. In a December 2014 freedom of information response, Crossrail stated that it ‘does not hold information relating to UK spend’.
We hold information relating to the location of our tier 1 contractors, however we do not hold records of payments between businesses in our supply chain beyond the first tier.
Freedom of Information Officer
Crossrail | 25 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5LQ
It should be obvious that the UK share of Crossrail spend – or HS2 – could not be anything like 95%.
HSRILG has various classes of membership. Most of its ‘full members’ are foreign contractors, but the ‘affiliates’ are UK public sector bodies – HS2 Ltd, Transport Scotland, Network Rail, and Birmingham city council.
So the misinformation put out by HSRILG, is bankrolled by public funds.