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Independently led by Doug

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On 21 August the government announced an ‘independent’ review into the HS2 programme led by, er, former HS2 Ltd chairman Doug ‘Captain Invisible’ Oakervee.

[Government announces independent review into HS2 programme, 21 Aug 2019,]

Douglas Oakervee, who has built up considerable knowledge on a wide range of major projects over the course of his 60 year career, will lead the review and will work with Lord Berkeley as his deputy. They will be supported by a panel of experts, bringing together a range of perspectives from business, academia and the transport sector to ensure an independent, thorough and objective assessment of the project. Panellists will each be consulted on the report’s conclusions.

The terms of reference published today confirm that the independently-led government review will look at whether and how HS2 should proceed, using all existing evidence on the project to consider:

its benefits and impacts
affordability and efficiency
deliverability and scope
its phasing, including its relationship with Northern Powerhouse Rail

DfT, terms of reference for the 'independent review of HSs2

This review would seem to be primarily for electioneering purposes, as the high speed rail project is least popular with ‘Conservative-leaning’ voters, according to YouGov.

Written by beleben

August 22, 2019 at 2:15 pm

Posted in HS2, Politics

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  1. Since it’s a full review of HS2, I recommend that you apply to both the Chairman and Deputy Chairman to ask that you be gven the opportunity to put forward a summary of the information that you believe is relevant to the panel, with a view to being given the opportunity to personally present more detail and to answer questions from the panel.


    August 22, 2019 at 3:56 pm

  2. Can you point me to anywhere that the question has been asked, should we have taken this course in the first place – and the cursory dismissal of 51m and other options reviewed?

    I’m aware that Lord Berkeley has noted that there are alternatives which have not apparently been considered.


    August 22, 2019 at 11:40 pm

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