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Stakeholders give evidence on the future of HS2 to Committee

24 January 2020

The Economic Affairs Committee will follow-up on its 2019 Report "Rethinking High Speed 2", examining the challenges the project faces, what the alternative options for rail investment are, and what the implications of scrapping HS2 would be.


Tuesday 28 January in Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster

At 3.35pm

  • Lord Tony Berkeley, Former Deputy Chair of Oakervee HS2 Review
  • Michael Byng, Quantity Surveyor and Construction Economist

At 4:35pm

  • Barry White, Chief Executive Officer, Transport for the North
  • Maria Machancoses, Director, Midlands Connect

Likely questions

  • What is your estimate of the overall economic impact of HS2 on the UK economy?
  • To reduce the cost of the project, where can the most effective savings be made?
  • Do you agree with Sir Terry Morgan, former chairman of HS2 Ltd, that it was a mistake to call it ‘High Speed 2'?
  • What “shovel-ready” alternatives are there to HS2 for rail investment in the midlands and the North of England?
  • Should HS2 go ahead regardless of cost? At what point does the project become too expensive?
  • What are the main environmental challenges that HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and the Midlands Engine must face up to if they proceed in full?

Further Information

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