Armitt: HS2 decision "deeply disappointing"

Commission Chair Sir John Armitt responds to news that parts of the High Speed 2 scheme will be stopped

Published: 4 Oct 2023

By: Ben Wilson

Tagged:

Today (4 October 2023) the Prime Minister made an announcement on the future of High Speed 2 and the publication of the ‘Network North’ plan.

Responding the the announcement, Sir John Armitt, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, said:

“High Speed 2 was part of a long term strategy with clear objectives to link up some of the country’s largest cities. It had been planned for almost 15 years and under construction since 2017.

“The decision to stop the legs north and east of Birmingham is deeply disappointing, leaving a major gap in the UK’s rail strategy around which a number of city regions have been basing their economic growth plans.

“A High Speed 2 route between Manchester and London via Birmingham, alongside Northern Powerhouse Rail, would have enabled increased capacity and better connectivity both north-south and east-west.

“While it is welcome that the money will be redirected into rail and other transport projects for the North and Midlands, it’s not yet clear how the collection of schemes announced today will address the gap left behind by HS2.

“It will be for government to show it can turn the schemes into a coherent, long-term rail strategy and deliver it in a cost effective manner, in partnership with local leaders.”

The Commission will publish new analysis and recommendations on the future of interurban transport in the second National Infrastructure Assessment, to be published on 18 October 2023.

Share this article

<

Recent Articles

Coming up in 2024
Thumbtack pins in calendar concept for busy, appointment and meeting reminder

Coming up in 2024

This page shows a calendar reflecting the latest expected dates for Commission reports, publications and events. You can also sign up to receive our quarterly newsletter by entering your email address in the box at the foot of each website page.

1 Feb 2024 By
We’re recruiting – analysts
Footbridge across the Aire River in West Yorkshire, England

We’re recruiting – analysts

The Commission is recruiting two analyst advisers (at SEO level) to join its analysis and modelling team, which develops the data and economic models that support the Commission in delivering its advice to government on meeting the UK’s long term infrastructure needs. The roles will be based in our Leeds office. Successful candidates will lead...

3 Apr 2024 By
Winser: NAO call for robust plan to boost low carbon heating “absolutely right”
picture of a heat pump by a wall

Winser: NAO call for robust plan to boost low carbon heating “absolutely right”

A National Audit Office report out today (18 March 2024) says heat pump installations are falling well below the level needed to meet the government’s targets of 600,000 units installed each year by 2028. The NAO says in response that a more robust plan from government and greater clarity on the future role if any...

18 Mar 2024 By
Government response on surface water flooding risk “does not meet scale of challenge”
A car splashes through a flooded Farringdon Lane in central London after a day of heavy rain.

Government response on surface water flooding risk “does not meet scale of challenge”

The government has today (13 March 2024) responded to the Commission’s study on reducing the risks of surface water flooding, published in November 2022. While it accepts the principles behind a number of the Commission’s recommendations, the government’s response – in the Commission’s view – makes few new commitments on steps to manage surface water...

13 Mar 2024 By

Evidence_Icon_Turquoise Created with Sketch.

Explore data used in the Commission's research, and gain insights from across UK infrastructure

Join our team of professionals supporting the Commission to provide evidence based and forward thinking advice on infrastructure strategy.