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Why the country needs HS2 misinformation

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With a benefit cost ratio ‘consistently above two’ , the High Speed Two railway project is needed to provide extra capacity, according to Alison Munro’s article ‘HS2 railway, UK – why the country needs it’, which appeared in the Transport Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, February 2021 (published online on 4 January 2021).

Extract from 'HS2 railway, UK - why the country needs it, Alison Munro, ICE, Feb 2021'

Of course, the article contains a great deal of questionable and incorrect content. For instance, HS2’s benefit cost ratio has not been ‘consistently above two’. With sunk costs and wider impacts included, the official BCR for the London – West Midlands phase was last reported as 1.0, in 2020.

And what about the description of London Midland as “the main commuter operator running to Euston”? That company ceased operations more than three years ago.

Written by beleben

March 16, 2021 at 5:51 pm

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