Civil engineering insights on HS2 and alternative proposals

This paper explores the potential benefits and effectiveness of High Speed Two (HS2), outlines some of the concerns and provides analysis of the potential alternative approaches which could be taken to deliver the project.

The paper considers whether HS2 will meet the need for enhanced capacity, while driving economic growth, regional development and carbon reduction.

It also considers whether it will meet public expectations of our rail network and if criticisms of the project have merit and can be overcome.

The paper concludes with an assessment of five alternative approaches and questions for further consideration.

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