£20bn less than existing plans for HS2 & HS3.
Improves 94% of journeys and reduces journey time by an average of 40%.
Saves 600 million tonnes of CO2 and avoids the Chilterns AONB.
Improves regional rail across the UK and integrates with the existing rail infrastructure.
“HS2 modelling is shocking, biased and bonkers.”
Margaret Hodge, Chair, Public Accounts Committee
“No economic case for HS2... it will destroy jobs and force businesses to close.”
Institute of Economic Affairs
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5. Why is the Government so keen on a high speed route through the Chilterns?
The Government is only following the advice of its experts at HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport. The smarter question is how apparently well-
An M1 corridor route requires 12km of tunnel to reach Birmingham. HS2’s route via the Chilterns AONB requires 50km.
Rigorous comparative costing shows an M1 corridor route from London to Birmingham to be £8 billion cheaper to construct than HS2’s Chiltern-
An M1 corridor route can serve the major intermediate communities of Luton, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Coventry and Leicester. HS2 will leave all of these communities bypassed and reliant on reduced intercity services on West Coast and Midland Main Lines.
An M1 corridor route to Birmingham is only 3.1km longer than a Chiltern-
A high speed line aligned with the M1 corridor follows the historical precedent of the Roman Watling Street, the Grand Union Canal, the London & Birmingham Railway and the M1. There is no precedent for the chosen HS2 route.
The above comparisons are summarised in our HSUK Chilterns Challenge.