Tuesday 29 May 2012
A report by senior civil servants has warned that the HS2 project faces major risks or issues in a number of key areas and its successful delivery is in doubt. The report, by the Cabinet Office’s Major Projects Authority, gives the project a red-amber status. It puts further pressure on Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for Transport, who is facing significant unrest about HS2 from backbench Conservative MPs.
Local Chilterns MPs including David Lidington are calling for the contents of the report to be made public, though officials say it is protected from Freedom of Information rules for two years.
The report underlines the increasingly shaky case for HS2. The expected economic benefits of the high speed line have been cut twice, with the official cost benefit analysis now stating that there will be £1.20 return over 60 years for every £1 spent on the project.