Chamber reacts to HS2 review announcement

Published on: Thursday, 22nd August 2019

In the wake of the announcement of an independent review into the HS2 rail project by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, in which he published the terms of reference and the timetable for that review to be carried out by Douglas Oakerviee, Chris Hobson, Director of Policy at East Midlands Chamber has released a statement:

“The Chamber will continue to champion HS2 as a hugely significant and much-needed infrastructure project which will have a positive and transformational effect on the East Midlands and the UK as a whole.

“Since the Victorian age we have merely tinkered around the edges of a rail network that is no longer fit for purpose to the businesses which rely on it to grow, create wealth and enhance our communities.

“A step change is needed and we firmly believe HS2 is that step change. This isn’t just about speed and getting people from A to B. It’s about greater connectivity, improved capacity, an enhanced ability to transfer the goods we make and an aspirational, ambitious and forward-thinking Britain.

“Of course the caveat to all this is cost. We absolutely need HS2 but we equally need to ensure value for money; there can be no blank cheque, especially given the magnitude of this project.

“We look forward to the findings of Douglas Oakervee’s review, which must be conducted swiftly to minimise project delays and maximise the undoubted opportunities HS2 presents.”

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