The pandemic has weakened justifications for HS2, says IEA spokesperson


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Neil Record quoted by The Times

In the Media

IEA spokesperson quoted by the BBC

Commenting on the issue of the HS2 rail project, an IEA spokesperson has been quoted by the BBC. They argued:

“There was never a business case, but whatever justification there may have been has certainly been weakened by the pandemic”

“Everyone working from home and the Zoom apocalypse has probably been exaggerated, but it nonetheless goes to show the pitfalls of ministers trying to crystal ball-gaze and forecast the country’s and business communities’ future needs.”

“But these projects should be on a far smaller scale and there should really be a focus on incremental improvements to existing infrastructure in northern towns and cities, because I believe that will deliver far larger economic gains.”

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