HS2 figures ‘are political fantasy’
Train link costs are soaring say protestors
OPPONENTS of the proposed HS2 railway through Hillingdon claim the cost of the project has jumped by 39 per cent.
The Chancellor admitted in his Autumn Statement last year that the overall cost of the project had increased from £50.1bn to £55.7bn, with officials claiming that the 11.2 per cent increase was due to inflation.
But Stop HS2 campaigners now say Freedom of Information requests to HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport show that the construction estimates have risen by 15.02 per cent for Phase 1 (from £15.65bn to £18bn) and 39.2 per cent for Phase 2 (£12.5bn to 17.4bn).
Joe Rukin, Stop HS2 campaign manager, said: “In November we were told that the increase in costs of the HS2 project was purely as a result of adding inflation, but now we can see that was simply not true.
“The fact the Phase 2 construction estimate has spiralled by 39 per cent is exceptionally worrying, so it’s no wonder they wanted to keep this fact quiet.
“The fact the contingency for Phase 2, which there is currently no plan for, has gone down along with the cost of the as-yet unspecified trains, can only be interpreted at the government pulling out all the stops to fiddle the figures and keep the published costs down.” Code Of Practice as enforced by IPSO who are contactable for advice at Independent Press Standards Organisation, Gate House, 1 Farringdon Street, London EC4M 7LG. Website http://www.ipso.co. uk/ Telephone: 0300 123 2220 email firstname.lastname@example.org
The government has kept the overall cost down by cutting the Phase 2 contingency fund by almost 20 per cent and reducing the cost estimate and the contingency fund for HS2 rolling stock.
An HS2 spokesperson said: “The change is simply a reflection of the project’s cost quoted in 2015 prices instead of 2011 prices.”
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