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Chiltern Main Line could benefit if HS2 was scrapped

Alternative list of projects which could be paid for with £50bn budget.

Published by Dan Gooding at 1:35pm 14th May 2019. 2-minute read.

Chiltern Main Line could benefit if HS2 was scrapped

Electrifying the Chiltern Main Line could be covered by the cost of HS2.

It's one of 28 projects which could be funded with the £50-billion budget, according to the Tax Payers Alliance.

The Chiltern project would cost £1-billion, with other rail links and roads across the country on the list.

In September 2018 the TaxPayers' Alliance launched the cross-party Great British Transport Competition to find alternative transport infrastructure projects totalling up to £50bn.

Organisations and members of the public from across the UK submitted their ideas, with entries assessed by a panel of judges.

  • 28 winning projects were chosen by the judging panel.
  • The projects would improve transport infrastructure across Great Britain.
  • The combined cost of the projects comes to £45.1 billion, nearly £11 billion cheaper than the current estimated cost of HS2.
  • Many of the entries require only relatively small sums of money to achieve vast benefits for local communities.

Commenting on the report, John O'Connell, chief executive of TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

"We have long argued that HS2 is a waste of taxpayers' money and this report makes that fact even clearer.

"Instead of spending £56 billion on a vanity project, the government should heed this report and look at the many excellent alternatives on offer.

"Given the number of excellent alternatives, it's now time to scrap this white elephant."

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