Almost half of the British public would like to see the government axe its £30bn high speed rail plans, according to new research from opinion pollster YouGov and the Taxpayers’ Alliance.
Of those surveyed in a recent poll 48% said they would support cancelling the proposals to fund a new high speed rail line between London and Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester.
Just 34% of the 2,732 British adults, who responded to the survey, back the plans.
This latest expression of opposition comes as a parliamentary select committee begins its inquiry into the case for High Speed 2 to inform the government’s decision on the project due in December.
The first two sessions assessing the arguments in favour of high speed rail took place this month. The committee will now visit sites in France and Germany before hearing the case against high speed rail in July.
The committee will deliver its findings to the government in a report in October.
TaxPayers’ Alliance director Matthew Sinclair said: “Ordinary families are facing higher taxes and huge pressure on their finances, but the government is wasting billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money.
There is strong support for cutting expensive projects like high speed rail, which they don’t see as the right use of their cash.”