HS2

Was Jacob Rees-Mogg telling the whole truth about HS2?

15 February 2019 13:35

Jacob Rees-Mogg often describes himself as a straight-talker who gives honest answers, no matter how unpopular they might be. But…

Another £43bn for HS2? How about some austerity instead

5 August 2018 12:38

There is a big glaring problem for anyone trying to accuse the government of ‘austerity’ – a charge that is…

A civil servant has revealed that HS2 was a political vanity project

11 September 2017 9:19

Political history, as is perhaps inevitable, tends to be written by the politicians rather than civil servants, so it was…

HS2 is steaming towards budgetary disaster

17 July 2017 14:15

Byng was the name of the unfortunate admiral executed in 1757, in the words of Voltaire, “pour encourager les autres”…

HS2 could be obsolete before it even opens

1 July 2017 9:30

Those who built the Channel Tunnel never saw the low-cost era of airline travel coming. When the tunnel rail link,…

I’m declaring war on ugly architecture

3 November 2016 12:12

This speech by John Hayes, the transport minister, was first delivered on October 31 Politicians speak a lot and sometimes they speak…

It’s looking bad for HS2. Why not build HS3 instead?

18 September 2016 8:00

What’s happening with HS2? The high-speed rail project has now lost its chief executive, Simon Kirby, headhunted by Rolls-Royce at an…

How better to spend £80 billion: HS2 or a proper British space programme?

11 September 2016 8:30

There is no humbler reminder of Britain’s diminished place in the Universe than the sight of hostile aliens from Mars…

Don’t believe the Tory grumbling: HS2 is on the way

21 May 2016 8:30

There’s a lot of negativity around HS2, and I sniff a Brexit connection. You might think Leave campaigners whose aim…

The Chinese government are propping up George Osborne’s pet projects

23 October 2015 17:06

The Chinese President’s visit to the UK ended today in the heart of the Northern Powerhouse. David Cameron took Xi…

North London will be boosted by HS2 – but the North won’t be

17 October 2015 17:49

Futurology is a cursed science, but just occasionally I feel I can already write a news story years into the…

Listen: Sarah Montague’s disastrous turn on Today

24 September 2015 10:40

Oh dear. Sarah Montague is not having a good day. The Today presenter managed to make not one, not two,…

Government signs up Labour’s Andrew Adonis to oversee HS2 delivery

15 July 2015 22:01

In an impressive cross-party signing, the government has appointed Lord Adonis, the former Labour transport secretary, to oversee delivery of…

Rail investment reflects how ministers like to travel

26 June 2015 8:30

No matter how desperate the banana republic, the international airport is always a shimmering palace of perfume and croissants. It…

I’m not voting on Thursday — but don’t you dare call me apathetic

5 May 2015 15:22

With just 48 hours to go before we get to vote in officially the most boring election in history, the…

Pinstripes and shorts – Tim Montgomerie vs the Institute of Directors

25 June 2014 13:43

There is a nice little spat brewing between Tim Montgomerie and the Institute of Directors, after the former Times comment…

Could a northern ‘supercity’ rebalance Britain’s economy?

21 June 2014 13:43

George Osborne is drawing up plans for a northern ‘supercity’, in the hope that it might rival London and rebalance…

Briefing: the Tory HS2 rebels

29 April 2014 17:32

High Speed 2 moved another step closer to actually happening last night, as the Hybrid Bill passed its second reading…

50 MPs make biggest rebellion on HS2 Bill

28 April 2014 23:45

As expected, the High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill 2013-14 has passed its second reading in the House of…

HS1 was a godsend. Bring on HS2

28 April 2014 18:48

It used to take one hour and forty five minutes to get by train from where I live in Canterbury…