I am one of the most outspoken opponents of HS2 in the Conservative Party. Sometimes, that’s meant ploughing a pretty lone furrow. But over time, it’s been noticeable how opposition to it has risen: and none more so than at this year’s party conference.
I continually lobby for HS2 to be scrapped, both publicly and privately, as I did at party conference. And I am more convinced than ever that HS2 will be stopped.
As you would expect, the Camden New Journal has given this proper coverage, including this week’s front page and a double page spread inside.
In it, I expressed not just the growing opposition to HS2, but also the necessity of using some of the £100bn windfall from scrapping HS2 to properly compensate and redevelop Euston and Regent’s Park. I again point out that HS2 does not achieve its own economic rationale and that refusing to scrap it because £4bn has already been spent is a sunk cost fallacy.
The CNJ’s editorial on the subject is worth noting, too. It notes painfully that Camden Labour has basically given up the ghost to persuade the government or their party leadership to scrap HS2. It’s worrying that they have let this incredibly important issue disappear from their radar, but it’s time for them to start fighting it once more.
For more about my campaign against HS2, click here.