HS2 Through Bucks "Should Be Scrapped"

29 July 2016, 06:17

We're told the High Speed 2 rail project should be scrapped as it is likely to be delayed and over budget.

The TaxPayers Alliance has claimed the north-south rail link which will pass through Aylesbury and Wendover will be poor value for money and has a flawed business case.

But the Department for Transport insisted the case for the project is ``absolutely clear''.

Phase one of HS2 is expected to be completed by around 2026 and will reduce journey times between London and Birmingham by 32 minutes.

The TaxPayers' Alliance suggest the £55.7bn budget will rise to at least £88bn and describe the the timetable for construction as ``far from certain''.

But a DfT spokesman said:

``The National Audit Office has confirmed HS2 is on track and the Transport Select Committee also said it is confident the scheme is the only practical way to significantly increase rail capacity.

``We keep a tough grip on costs and are on schedule to deliver the scheme on time and budget.''