Feb 11, 2021

HS2: Next phase of controversial rail network gets green light

Supporters of HS2 say it will spur economic growth, help level up the country, and provide greener transport. HS2 Minister Andrew Stephenson recently said: "If the first reaction to the pandemic is to cancel major infrastructure projects committed to by successive governments now for more than a decade that would have a chilling impact on the construction sector in the UK and inward investment." "Tony May, Emeritus Transport Professor at Leeds University, said:"Even on optimistic predictions HS2 takes 65 years from its completion before its carbon saving has offset the carbon costs of construction. "So up to 2050 HS2 is a carbon burden on the country. It doesn't save carbon at all." The company says it is working on smarter designs to reduce the carbon impact of the materials it uses. The first phase of HS2 between London and the West Midlands is already well underway.

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