The Tories' HS2 review is another betrayal of Britain's railway

21 August 2019

ASLEF, the train drivers' union, has condemned the government's decision to launch a review of HS2 - with a "go or no-go" decision to be made by the end of the year.


The Tories' decision to consider scrapping HS2, despite having already spent £7bn on the project, is yet another demonstration of this government's short-term thinking and betrayal of Britain's railway and its passengers. It comes close on the heels of the recent debacle over the cancellation of several rail electrification projects.


Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, commented "Our railway is running at full capacity. We need to modernise our network, much of which is running on Victorian infrastructure. As with so many things, the Tories are good at talking the talk, but when it comes to infrastructure and public services, they never walk the walk.


"Whether it’s electrification, rolling stock or now HS2, they promise the work our industry so desperately needs and then look for ways to pull the plug after millions or even billions have already been spent."


Mick added, "I hope the review does the right thing and concludes that we need more train lines in this country to develop a greener and less polluting transport system for passengers and freight. We'll also keep a keen eye on any announcements about Phase 2 taking the line to Leeds and Manchester.


"The Tories should be announcing plans to extend HS2 to Scotland. Not to scrap it. But under this government, I won't hold my breath."  

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