HS2 to survey sceptical public in £2m poll deal
THE public body behind the HS2 rail link is spending up to £2m on polling amid widespread public opposition to the scheme.
HS2 Ltd has signed a fouryear deal with pollster Ipsos Mori worth as much as £1.96m, which began earlier this month.
One industry insider said the deal was among the biggest they had seen for a survey from a taxpayer-backed organisation. Critics are already furious at the scheme’s spiralling £106bn budget.
HS2 – which will offer ultra-fast connections between the North and London – is unpopular with swathes of the public, with 42pc of Britons against it and 32pc in favour, according to a YouGov survey earlier this month.
A spokesman for HS2 said the deal was in line with other contracts for polling.