Begg demolishes myths on Today programme
This morning, Campaign Director David Begg dominated the argument on the Today programme opposite AGAHST’s Jerry Marshall and “demolished” myths brought forward by the opposition.
Marshall tried to peddle common myths used often by those opposed to HS2. For instance, that HS2 will “cost each household £1000 in taxes”. Begg highlighted that this oversimplified and misleading figure does not take into account three important elements: (1) the revenue from fares which will reduce the cost of the HS2 network from £30bn to £17bn; (2) the returns to the economy, currently estimated at £44bn; and (3) that the cost of HS2 to taxpayers will be spread out over a long period of time.
Begg also demonstrated that those who claim that the UK is too small to support a high-speed rail network should look at the evidence – the best high-speed line runs from Frankfurt-Cologne, about the same distance from London-Birmingham.
It is important that we dispel these myths because while the antis do put forward some good arguments, the argument for high-speed rail is ultimately an argument about the national economic interest.