24 June 2013: The House of Commons is debating the High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill this Wednesday. So is HS2 meeting our tests for succcess?
We've just sent a briefing to MPs ahead of the debate. We've set out how we think HS2 is doing. For us, it has to be part of moves to green our transport system and, in particular, cut carbon.
We've therefore set three tests for HS2.
1. Is HS2 being developed as part of a wider transport strategy that makes low carbon transport options easier and cheaper?
2. Are the Government continuing to invest in the existing rail network, particularly electrification and making convenient rail travel available to more people through new or reopened lines and stations? (We also think they need to make best use of freed up capacity on the existing west coast mainline, particularly for freight)
3. Is HS2 Ltd ensuring that new stations on the high speed line are accessible by public transport, walking and cycling and located in city centres rather than isolatted parkway locations, and is the Government investing in local transport access?
Our view is that so far, their scores are:
3. Too early to tell