Matthew Sinclair: Why are the Government taxing ordinary motorists to pay for a rich man’s high-speed train?


Via ConservativeHome’s Platform: Matthew Sinclair: Why are the Government taxing ordinary motorists to pay for a rich man’s high-speed train?

This isn’t about North vs. South. The priority should be improving links into cities in the North and South, and between Northern cities. We should be trying to deliver affordable and less crowded commuter routes instead of pouring money into making a fast intercity service somewhat faster. Even the Government’s figures show they expect most jobs to be created in London, and the numbers are unimpressive.

The Transport Committee began taking evidence today. It is increasingly apparent that the business case is malleable and subject to interpretation.

It’s not my intention to provide commentary on High-Speed Rail during the inquiry: it should speak for itself.

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