The Transport Committee’s report into High Speed Rail was released today. You can find it here.
I voted against the report. In my view, it is too supportive of the present proposals.
In committee, a number of us brought forward and voted for amendments which would have softened the report substantially. Some of these were defeated by just one vote. Full details can be found in the formal minutes at the end of the first volume.
I remain concerned that there are significant issues which need to be addressed before a decision on HS2 can be made. These include the strategic policy context, the assessment of alternatives, the financial and economic case, the environmental impacts, connections to Heathrow and the justification for the particular route proposed. I am pleased the summary makes that point.
The debate will continue.