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HS2 disinformation is intrinsic

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The Department for Transport (DfT) and High Speed Two Ltd (HS2 Ltd) seemed to believe that a lack of transparency with Parliament and the public on the problems facing the programme would in some way protect it.‘ That’s one of the findings of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee’s HS2 Spring 2020 update, published today (17 May).

Of course, that particular ‘belief‘ was absolutely correct: DfT and HS2 Ltd’s enormous disinformation and obfuscation effort has been highly effective in ‘protecting’ HS2 from cancellation (even though the general public seem to have the measure of the scheme’s worth).

The official disinformation campaign has been going on ever since the project was established a decade ago, and without it, there would be no HS2.

twitter, @CommonsPAC, '#HS2 #HighSpeed2 is 'massively over budget and delayed before work has even begun. There is no excuse for hiding the nature and extent of the problems the project was facing from Parliament and the taxpayer' - @Meg_Hillier MP

twitter, @CommonsPAC, 'Read our report this morning on #HS2 #HighSpeed2:  'badly off course' with the Committee demanding a regular 'honest, open account' from @DfTstats & @HS2ltd and 'evidence of learning from past mistakes being applied to bring this project under control'

twitter, @tonyberkeley1:  It is time to stop wasting any more money [on HS2], cancel Phase 1 and spend on rail in the N and Midlands - and on economic recovery

CN, 29 May 2018: Mark Thurston, who took over as HS2 chief in March 2017, dismissed the claims [of cost overruns] and said he was confident the [HS2] line would remain on budget. He said: 'We are confident that we will build it within that budget, we wouldn’t say anything else in a public forum.'

HS2 contingency: 'Doug's not interested'

twitter, @wheres_ally_2016, 'Why is this relevant'?

Written by beleben

May 17, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Posted in HS2

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  1. The DfT’s scare must be that if this grand project were cancelled, its grand budget would revert to HM Treasury and they would have to start bidding for other project funds all over again.

    hsnorthstart

    May 18, 2020 at 1:15 pm


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