DfT downgrades HS2 economic benefits again

April 2012
ENDS (Environmental Data Services);Apr2012, Issue 447, p26
The article reports on the decision of the British Department for Transport (DfT) to downgrade its estimates of the economic benefits of the proposed high-speed rail line (HS2) between London and Birmingham to just 1.20 for every pound spent. The DfT's move is said to be the fourth downgrade in two years. Information on the arguments of HS2 opponents is provided. However, four environmental impact assessment (EIA) contracts for the project have been awarded by HS2 Ltd. to six consultancies.


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