“No economic case for HS2... it will destroy jobs and force businesses to close.”
Institute of Economic Affairs
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12. Does HS2 offer any advantages to anyone?
If your business is headquartered in London, with satellite offices in central Leeds or Birmingham or Manchester, and nowhere else, then maybe HS2 is the right scheme for you. But we believe that for anyone else, the HS2 proposals represent a disastrous misreading of what the people and the businesses of the UK need from a high speed intercity railway.
If the UK and its many regional communities are to prosper, we need an enhanced national network that improves the connectivity between all communities. It’s not just about London, Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester. The UK has over 50 communities of more than 150,000 population, and it’s crucial that new high speed rail lines are built in the right place, and with the right connections to the existing network, to enable enhanced links between all of these communities. This is where HSUK succeeds, and where HS2 fails most spectacularly.