Boondoggle of the weak
According to Andrew Tyrie, chairman of the Treasury select committee, HS2 has the weakest economic case of all the projects within the government’s infrastructure programme, yet is being pushed through with the most enthusiasm.
[Think Hinkley is an expensive white elephant? Not compared with HS2, Nils Pratley, The Guardian, 15 Sep 2016]
A House of Lords committee last year urged the government to review options involving lower speeds, and Tyrie wants to see something similar. “The question of whether it is possible to improve capacity at lower speed and, consequently, at a lower cost, has not been comprehensively examined,” he told [transport secretary Christopher] Grayling yesterday.