Government accused of ‘burying bad news’ after figures reveal scale of HS2’s economic impact

Martin Tett
Martin Tett

Bucks will be nearly £93 million worse off every year as a result of HS2, figures from consultants KPMG have revealed.

The data, obtained through a BBC Freedom of Information request, was based on the findings of a Government-commissioned report.

Details of the losses for each region were not released as part of the original report, which claimed the controversial line, which would cut through Aylesbury Vale, will boost the UK economy by £15 billion.

Councillor Martin Tett, Bucks County Council leader said: “It is a disgrace that this has had to be dragged out of the Department for Transport using a Freedom of Information request rather than being published for all to see.

“The Department for Transport is keen to trumpet those areas they believe would gain from HS2 whilst ‘burying bad news’ for so many other parts of the UK.”

The figures were worked out in terms of the potential impact of investment in HS2 on annual output in each area.

Other areas predicted to be hit are Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City and Moray (£220m worse off), Norfolk East (£164m worse off) and Cardiff (£68m worse off).