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Stephanie Lis writes for Public Service Europe

The advent and lifespan of the High Speed Rail 2 project in the United Kingdom is well documented. And throughout, the business case for it has been demolished convincingly and repeatedly. It is near enough impossible to find a single independent economist who believes the project will reap any economic reward.

The majority of taxpayers will never use the service, meaning the bill they are being landed with is as unfair as it is enormous. But to make matters worse, new research finds that HS2 could end up costing the taxpayer double the current estimate – close to an astounding £80bn.

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