The Economic Affairs Committee will take evidence from representatives of Network Rail, a transport academic, and former Transport Secretary Lord Adonis as part of its inquiry into the economic case for HS2.
At 3.35pm on Tuesday 11 November in Committee Room 1 of the Palace of Westminster
- Paul Plummer, Group Strategy Director, Network Rail
- Rupert Walker, Head of High Speed Rail Development, Network Rail
- Professor Chris Nash, Institute of Transport Studies, University of Leeds
In the first session the Committee’s questions will focus on the justification for HS2 including overcrowding between intercity and commuter routes, whether the West Coast Main Line could accommodate extra capacity following the recent upgrade and Network Rail’s dismissal of the proposal put forward by the 51m alliance of local authorities for an alternative to HS2. The Committee will also explore what the UK can learn from other countries’ experiences of high speed rail.
In the session with Lord Adonis, the Committee will focus on the original rationale for HS2, how HS2 will lead to economic regeneration, the supplementary policies that might be required to ensure HS2 contributes to the regeneration of regional cities and whether improved links between regional cities would be of more benefit than faster links to London.
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