Research suggests rail link is 'forgotten'
PLYMOUTH and the rest of the region has been 'forgotten' as the Government pushes ahead with plans for a £32 billion north-south high-speed rail link, MPs have been told.
Calls have been made at Westminster for funding to be ploughed into train routes to the South West to improve 'connectivity'.
It came as the Commons heard High Speed 2 (HS2) would be a "monumentally expensive white elephant" and that the flagship transport project linking London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds should be scrapped, with the cash invested in improving existing tracks.
Concerns have already been raised about the impact of the mammoth cost of the scheme, on funding the rest of the network.
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The Government claims the project will close the north-south divide.
But research by KPMG and campaign group Greenguage21 indicates that Plymouth and the wider region is threatened with having fewer jobs, poorer workers, and a lower economic growth as a result of the scheme.
MPs holding hearings into the High Speed 2 (HS2) project have been told the detrimental economic impact of the proposals on the South West was "the elephant in the room".
The research calculated that as a result of HS2, the South West would have 48,000 fewer jobs by 2040, 0.04 per cent lower annual growth, while the average wage would be £1,400 lower.
The findings have been picked up on by the Cardiff Business Partnership, which in its submission to the transport select committee said the current proposals did not represent a "truly UK national network", and 'ignore' the South West