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Commenting on Sir David Higgins’ backing of HS3, Dr Richard Wellings, Head of Transport at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:

“The proposal for a new high-speed rail link in the north is little more than a costly vanity project.

“HS3 is an expensive and inefficient way to link northern cities, which are relatively close in distance. A high-speed rail line would make little difference to door-to-door journey times for most travellers, northern conurbations being geographically spread out to include numerous different towns.

“Rather than creating headline-grabbing policies, government resources would be better spent on smaller-scale schemes that deliver high returns for the taxpayer, or, that can be financed by the private sector.”

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