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Six Myths About HS2

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‘The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic’ JFK 1962

Myth 1:

HS2 is ‘green’ – it’s part of the low carbon economy.
Untrue

Myth 2:

HS2 will bridge the ‘North-South divide’ and deliver wider economic regional benefits.
Untrue

Myth 3:

HS2 is a sound investment – over £2 benefit for £1 cost (BCR = 2.6 for the Y network).
Untrue

Myth 4:

Only HS2, i.e. a new railway, can solve the rail capacity problem.
Untrue

Myth 5:

HS2 will greatly reduce domestic air travel.
Untrue

Myth 6:

The UK railway needs to catch up with Europe.
Untrue

‘When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?’ John Maynard Keynes

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