Today the National Audit Office released its Progress with preparations for High Speed 2 (HS2) report. Campaign for Better Transport, the UK’s leading authority on sustainable transport, has responded to the publication on the planned high speed railway, commenting that the UK Government must work together with local transport authorities to ensure High Speed 2 is beneficial.
James MacColl, Head of Campaigns at Campaign for Better Transport, said: “The Government clearly needs to keep a close eye on progress with HS2. With future Government finances now under even more uncertainty, the emphasis must be on getting the most from our investment. To do this, it must urgently work closely with local transport authorities to ensure HS2 joins up properly with the existing rail network and other public transport. Without this, the benefits of the scheme could be badly compromised.”