IET Video: HS2: what are the facts?
Friday, 28 September 2012
HS2: What are the facts? The IET's transport expert discusses the project in this exclusive VoiceOver video
Depending on whom you ask, HS2 is a colossal waste of taxpayers’ cash, or a brilliant way to kick-start economic growth; an unnecessary half-measure to cut emissions or our best hope of the UK meeting our climate change targets. Few transport issues provoke quite such a strong response from the public.
But what do the experts say? The Institution of Engineering and Technology is the largest professional engineering organisation in Europe, and a leading source of impartial and independent engineering intelligence for all policy-makers. The IET’s transport expert Chris Richards discusses the engineering aspects of the project – sometimes overlooked in the heated exchange of opinion.
This video looks at the economic case, the engineering analysis, and the environmental arguments for High Speed 2, giving each one the IET’s fair-minded assessment.
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The west coast mainline fiasco has cost the taxpayer a "significant" amount of cash, the government's public spending watchdog has found.
Chancellor George Osborne outlines his fears about the "road to ruin" if "determined and concerted action" are not taken in Tuesday's emergency Budget.