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Is HS2 a defining issue for Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign?

Much of the success of Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign has been down to the perception that he speaks the truth as he sees it – he says what he believes, without fear or favour, and this sets him apart from the … Continue reading

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HS2 and the North-South divide: The mirage of jobs and growth

Ever since Transport Secretary Philip Hammond claimed that linking England’s main cities via high speed rail could help break down the north-south divide., the government and supporters of HS2 have consistently claimed that HS2 will have a transformational impact of … Continue reading

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HAS THE TGV REGENERATED FRANCE’S PROVINCIAL CITIES? WHAT ARE THE LESSONS FOR HS2?

HS2 is, at £50bn plus, the largest single infrastructure investment in the UK’s history. Probably the most critical of the benefits currently claimed for HS2 centre around its potential role in regenerating the economies of large parts of the Midlands … Continue reading

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HS2 – a divisive project of a divisive government

A divisive government The Conservative-led coalition has proved to be a divisive government. It has presided over an era of austerity for the vast majority, while bankers continue to earn big bonuses. The recent so-called ‘recovery’ led by a new … Continue reading

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Labour should reconsider its position on HS2 say councillors

Labour councillors meeting at the Association of Labour Councillors in London on 1-2 March think that the Labour Party should reconsider its support for HS2, according to a survey conducted at the meeting (1). 66% of respondents took this view, … Continue reading

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Prominent supporter of HS2 admits economic case is not rigorous

Bridget Rosewell of the Volterra consultancy has joined in the debate triggered by the KPMG report on the possible economic benefits of HS2. Rosewell rejects the criticisms of the KPMG study by Professors Overman and Graham that the KPMG work … Continue reading

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The Alice in Wonderland world of HS2 economic growth claims

Claims about the impact of HS2 on economic growth get more weird and wonderful by the day. In the Telegraph today, ‘leading economist’ Bridget Rosewell says “If we take the KPMG £15bn, my guess is that we can add at … Continue reading

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HS2 and the Manchester lobby

As the Conservative conference meets in Manchester, it is appropriate to look at the role of the Manchester lobby for HS2, led by figures such as Graham Stringer MP and the Leader of Manchester City Council, Sir Richard Leese. It … Continue reading

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HS2 and the trade unions: An open letter to Frances O’Grady

Dear Frances O’Grady In the Guardian (Letters, Saturday 21 September) you joined with the rail trade unions in supporting HS2, asking for the project to be handed over to Network Rail, and calling for a national transport strategy. I can … Continue reading

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The regional impact of HS2: More smoke and mirrors

Debate about the regional impact of HS2 has been revived by the release by government of KPMG’s report, HS2: Regional Economic Impacts. KPMG claim that HS2 could generate £15bn in productivity gains for the GB economy in 2037 when the … Continue reading

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