Supporters and opponents of the London to Birmingham high speed rail link have both claimed a major report by the Commons Transport Committee backs their case.
MPs concluded that there was “a good case” for building the high speed line, and dismissed many of the arguments put forward by critics.
But they condemned the Government’s failure to publish even basic information about the planned extension of the service to Leeds and Manchester from Birmingham.
Geoff Inskip, Chief Executive of West Midlands transport authority Centro, said he was delighted the Transport Committee’s report recognised that HS2 would deliver both economic and capacity benefits for the West Midlands.
He said: “Right from the outset we’ve argued that there is a good business case for HS2 in the West Midlands based on the need to provide capacity, so it’s great to see the Committee conclude that HS2 will bring a step change in the capacity, quality, reliability and frequency of rail services between our major cities.”
But Stop HS2 Campaign Co-ordinator Joe Rukin said: “This report is absolutely scathing in its list of work that still needs doing in terms of planning and appraising HS2 before deciding to proceed, and shows there are many unanswered questions.
“They have asked for ministers to publish the evidence which shows how they can afford to build HS2 whilst being able to continue investing in the rest of the network with projected capital and revenue expenditure profiles.”