HS2 written off as a 'dodgy project' by former minister Vince Cable

'HS2 is the worst of the various rail opportunities Philip Hammond has', says Vince Cable

HS2 is a planned high speed rail network (Getty)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

HS2 is a "pretty dodgy project", according to former business secretary Vince Cable, as he discussed Chancellor Philip Hammond's speech at the Conservative Party Conference. 

Cable, the former business secretary, discussed his views on plans for the high-speed rail network after Hammond said yesterday that he will prioritise spending on transport systems and new homes.

"What he's saying, to the extent which I can understand the detail of it, is pretty sensible," Cable said. But he added: "HS2 is the worst of the various rail opportunities that he has.

"Network Rail has a very good plan, most of them very small projects, improving efficiency of commuter lines or connecting up towns. HS2 is by contrast a pretty dodgy project, if we're going to go ahead with it I would have encouraged them to do HS3 first, going across the Pennines.

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