LCCI respond to HS2 approval

Tuesday 11 February 2020

Richard Burge, Chief Executive of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said:

"Today's decision sends out a strong message that the Government is committed to investing in the economic health of cities and regions across the country.

The range of infrastructure investment announced is a step in the right direction toward the Government’s ‘levelling up’ ambition.

With such a big investment in HS2 it is only right that the Government is diligent about how they can deliver the project most effectively and efficiently.

For London this however means a delay to full project delivery through to Euston – on which the business case is based. 

Instead it appears there will be temporary culmination at Old Oak Common, and I’m sure the Government will be considering the respective implications of that, including higher than planned footfall heading onto the Crossrail line.

Whilst the plans have to be right, ultimately it’s key for London and the HS2 route that it finally finishes at Euston and we look forward to hearing more from the Government in due course.”

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