Economist warning over HS2

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Infrastructure projects such as HS2 can become “bedevilled by too much analysis and too many pointy heads”, a leading economist has said.

Nothing would ever get done “if every i had to be dotted and every t crossed”, said Bridget Rosewell, senior partner at economic consultancy Volterra.

She told the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee that the £50 billion HS2 high-speed rail scheme was about improving capacity and getting faster trains. Ms Rosewell said it was difficult to forecast economic gains over a 60-year period.