The government claims that HS2 will move millions of air and road trips on to rail. It will open up space on the existing rail network for freight, taking hundreds of HGVs per hour off the roads. "High speed rail is the most efficient way of transporting people between cities," a DfT spokeswoman says.
Besides, who is against hs2?
The UK Independence Party (UKIP), which is fully opposed nationally and locally to the proposed HS2 plans. UKIP says there is no business case, no environment case and no money to pay for it. UKIP has been campaigning against HS2 as it is also part of the EU's Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) Policy.
Also Know, what are the negatives of hs2?
Cons of HS2 HS2 may only benefit a small section of the population who use trains between major cities. Benefits of improved speed are debatable given that many people can now work on laptops away from the office. Environmental costs of building a new line through the Chilterns and Midlands.
Why is hs2 so expensive?
In a major infrastructure project such as this, the company in overall charge - HS2 Ltd - contracts out the work to a vast array of other companies. Companies contracted by HS2 Ltd in the early part of the project carried the risk associated with the work. That pushed prices up significantly.
What are the positives of hs2?
Released capacity essential to deliver major regional transport plans Midlands Engine Rail and Northern Powerhouse Rail; HS2 frees up space for 144 extra freight trains per day, enough to transport over 2.5million more lorries' worth of cargo on our railways each year.