High Speed Rail
HC 1185-I, Tenth Report of Session 2010-12 - Volume I: Report, Together with Formal Minutes
- House of Commons - Transport Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
'High Speed Rail (HC 1185-I)' reports the Transport Committee's belief that there is a good case for a high speed rail network, linking London and the major cities of the Midlands, the North and Scotland. But the Government must firmly commit to the Y network (to Leeds and Manchester) before seeking parliamentary approval for High Speed 2 (HS2).
If the Government decides to go ahead with HS2, it should publish a summary of the financial case showing how the project is affordable alongside sustained investment in the classic network.
A full assessment of the case for building from north to south should be carried out.
The disputed travel time savings should be addressed in an updated economic case.
The Committee is concerned that the Government is developing separate strategies for rail and aviation, with HS2 separate from both, and calls again for the publication of a comprehensive transport strategy.
The Government should look again at the case for a direct link to Heathrow, and costs and benefits of routing HS2 via Heathrow should be set out more clearly.
Better information is needed on:
the proposals for London termini and linkages;
risk factors of operating 18 trains per hour at 225mph;
the location of stations on the Y network; and
Claims that HS2 would deliver substantial carbon-reduction benefits do not stand up to scrutiny.
The Government should desist from disparaging opponents of high speed rail as NIMBYs. Both sides in the debate should show respect for each other and focus on the facts.
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