Clueless intervention: Simon Jenkins
Under the headline “HS2 is not a useless railway, merely the stupidest”, Jenkins claims that “In 2010 David Cameron backed it unthinkingly, as a vague ‘alternative’ to building a third runway at Heathrow, which he had promised not to do. This bad decision was made worse when he then changed his mind about the runway”. If you’re going to attack HS2, making statements which are not true is not a fruitful way to proceed.
That is a high speed line between Scotland and London close to the line of the East Coast Route, for which no economic case exists. He appears not to take on board that the HS2 business case has been built up by it serving all those major cities in the Midlands, the North West, and Yorkshire, something an East Coast only route cannot hope to do. And, ultimately, he misses the whole point of the exercise.